VSP releases details regarding Big Stone Gap officer-involved shooting

Virginia News

Photo: Town of Big Stone Gap

BIG STONE GAP, Va. (WJHL) – Virginia State Police (VSP) have released further details surrounding the shooting of Big Stone Gap Police officer Michael Chandler.

According to a release from VSP Public Information Officer Corinne Geller, Chandler was asked to perform a welfare check on an individual inside an empty house on the 2500 block of Orr Street shortly after 4 a.m.

When Chandler arrived at the residence, the release says he encountered “at least one individual” and was shot in that encounter.

According to the release, a Wise County Sheriff’s Office deputy was first on the scene. Chandler was found unconscious in a ditch along the driveway to the residence, Geller said.

Geller said Chandler’s patrol car and another vehicle were found at the scene, but no other individuals were found.

The investigation is ongoing with participation from multiple agencies in the area, as well as the US Marshals Service and Commonwealth Attorney Chuck Slemp’s Office.

Officials say the US Marshals Service announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to a suspect’s capture, Ballad Health CEO Alan Levine said the health system will chip in an extra $10,000 to make sure those involved are brought to justice.

Chandler is currently at the Norton Community Hospital, and a press release from VSP described his injuries as “life-threatening.” According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp, Chandler was responding to a “routine call” when he was shot.

For breaking news delivered to you, subscribe to WFXR’s breaking news email list

Get breaking news, weather, and sports delivered to your smartphone with the WFXR News app available on [Apple] and [Android]

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest News

More News

News Tip Form