Five people were arrested following an armed robbery and police manhunt in Scott County, Virginia. According to a release from Scott County Sheriff Jeff Edds, deputies were called to the Natural Tunnel Parkway Thursday about suspects “brandishing a firearm while committing an armed robbery.”
Suspects fired at police while fleeing
The release says while deputies were responding, they learned that the suspects had left the scene in a vehicle and were firing shots at the 911 caller’s car. The caller was attempting to follow the suspects from the scene.
A deputy intercepted the suspects’ vehicle on Mabe/Stanleytown Road, the news release states. A deputy was able to catch up to the suspects and attempted a traffic stop.
The sheriff’s office reports the suspects fled from the deputy on foot, firing “multiple gunshots from a handgun” while running into a wooded area. Police began a manhunt for the suspects in Scott County and urged residents to stay indoors and lock their doors and windows.
Trigger happy robbers tracked down and arrested
According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, the alert was for the Mabe Stanleytown and Natural Tunnel Community. Police were searching for a male and female dressed in black with wet and muddy clothing. The male was considered armed and dangerous.
Police took to facebook to instruct the public to not approach the suspects and to call 911 immediately if you see them. All five suspects were arrested following the manhunt. Edds told News Channel 11 the final two were arrested Friday morning after the alert to residents in the area was issued, warning them to stay inside. The suspects have not been identified at this time.
Last month, state police shot and killed a man after a high-speed chase led to a crash on Interstate 64. The driver, identified as Xzavier D. Hill, 18, of Charlottesville, was shot after displaying a firearm at the crash scene, according to Virginia State Police.
A release from state police says a trooper was near the 177 mile marker in Henrico County when they registered a 2003 Mercedes Benz driving 98 mph in a 65-mph zone. After the trooper turned on his lights and sirens, police said Hill sped away going at least 120 mph.
Police say Hill reached the 172 mile marker and attempted to make a U-turn in the westbound lanes. Instead, the vehicle ran off of the interstate and became stuck in the embankment. Police say two troopers approached the scene and told the driver to exit the vehicle and show his hands. The press release states Hill showed a firearm and was subsequently shot.