The Richmond Times-Dispatch gives details of the attempted burglary and how the gunman reportedly escaped to a nearby mountain and, sniper style, picked off deputies as they worked the crime scene.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell released a statement concerning the tragedy:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Buchanan County community and the families and friends of the two sheriff’s deputies who were tragically killed Sunday.Prayers to the families and the community at this tragic time.
Our Commonwealth has lost two brave public servants and this horrific act of senseless violence has dealt a heartbreaking blow to the people of this close-knit community. We also continue to pray for the full and swift recoveries of the two other deputies who were wounded in the same shooting.
Yesterday’s devastating event was yet another reminder that every day, in every city and county, the men and women of Virginia law enforcement agencies put their lives on the line to keep us safe. They sacrifice much for us; we owe everything to them. In this difficult and trying time, Virginians will come together to support the families of these law enforcement members and the entire Buchanan County community.”