Police name suspect in connection with shooting of Norton police chief

Courtesy City of Norton
Courtesy City of Norton(Courtesy City of Norton)
Updated: May. 7, 2021 at 8:20 PM EDT
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NORTON, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: James Dyer Buckland, 36 of Pound, has been named as a suspect by Virginia State Police in the shooting of Norton Police Chief James Lane.

Buckland is charged with attempted capitol murder of a police officer, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Norton Police responded Friday about 4:10 p.m. to the 600 block of Commonwealth Drive for a report of a shoplifter. As the chief pulled up to the parking lot, a man began firing into the chief’s vehicle, hitting him with gunfire.

The chief fired back, along with a Norton police officer. The shooter was hit and flown by State Police Med-Flight helicopter to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.

The chief was also flown to Johnson City with serious injuries. Police say he is stable.

A gun belonging to the suspect was found at the scene.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Wytheville Field Office and Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Clemp are looking into the case at the request of the Norton Police Department.

EARLIER STORY: Norton Police Chief James Lane was shot Friday and is in “stable condition,’ according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp.

“City officials can confirm that Norton City Police Chief James Lane was the involved in a shooting today in the City of Norton and suffered gunshot wounds. He is in stable condition. On behalf of Mayor Joseph Fawbush, the City Council, the city employees, and our entire community, I respectfully ask that you join me in prayer for Chief Lane and his family. There is no ongoing threat to the public at this time,” reads Slemp’s statement.

According to WJHL, the shooting was near the Norton Walmart and nobody was taken into custody.

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