WESTLAKE - The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was on hand with a K9 demonstration at Oktoberfest recently. Deputy John Lavinder with Jethro (1st picture) and Deputy Robbie Haynes with Titan gave a detailed talk on each dog’s role at the FCSO. Jethro is the department's tracking dog. He has an excellent record of locating suspects and lost individuals in our county and other jurisdictions. At the annual festival, there was a 5K Trail Race, music and plenty of German style food and drink.
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. – At the request of Rocky Mount Police Chief Ken Criner, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office is investigating a non-fatal officer-involved shooting in the Town of Rocky Mount.
On Saturday (Oct. 14) shortly before midnight, a Rocky Mount Police Officer located an adult male subject with a pending emergency custody order. Less than an hour earlier, a Franklin County magistrate issued the order to commit the individual into custody for evaluation by medical professionals.
The officer stopped his vehicle to approach the subject at the Rocky Mount Plaza shopping center on Tanyard Road.
As the officer approached the subject, the man began physically assaulting the officer. During the altercation, the officer fired at the subject, striking him and ending the assault.
Multiple law enforcement and public safety agencies responded to the incident.
The male subject was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital by ambulance for treatment of a non-life threatening injury.
The officer was transported to Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital by ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries sustained in the assault. The officer has been treated and released.
The officer is on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the inquiry, per standard department policy.
The Rocky Mount Police Department will have no further comment at this time due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.
On October 2, Lt. Terry Dameron and Deputy Tim Burton were at Teens & Tots to read a book or two and do a K9 demonstration with K9 Rex. The kids had a great time, especially seeing K9 Rex in action. The officers read “Gloria” and “Officer Buckle”. The Office of the Sheriff enjoys having opportunities to interact with our youth and teens when possible.
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