Suspect in Floyd County shootout charged; more charges pending

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Virginia State Police continue investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place Friday, October 11.

The incident started at 1:17 a.m. when a deputy pulled over an older model, blue Dodge pickup for suspicious activity. Virginia State Police say the driver stopped and exited the vehicle, then opened fire on the deputy with a handgun. The deputy was hit in the hand, then taken to a hospital for treatment; he has since been released..

Pursuit began when the driver sped away and continued into Montgomery County on Christiansburg Pike, where the truck became disabled. The driver opened fire again before barricading himself in the truck. Police say he would not comply with commands to put the weapon down.

A Floyd County Sheriff's Office negotiator spoke with the allegedly "extremely intoxicated" man, who agreed to release the weapon and be taken into custody by the Virginia State Police Division VI Tactical Team.

Thirty-four-year-old Samuel Hale of Floyd was treated for minor injuries. He has been charged with malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer and was transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail, where he is being held without bond. Police say more charges are pending.

The Floyd County deputy was treated and released from the hospital.

Virginia State Police are investigating after Floyd County deputies were involved in a shootout Friday, October 11.

A Floyd County deputy conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious-looking vehicle being driven by Floyd County resident Samuel Hale, Sgt. Rick Garletts said.

Hale began firing immediately when the deputy pulled him over, Garletts said.

The deputy was grazed in the hand, and the suspect got back in his vehicle and drove off.

During the pursuit, deputies returned fire and there was a standoff.

The suspect was eventually taken into custody with only minor injuries, according to State Police.

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