Thaxton shooting suspect fired a shot at WDBJ7 vehicle, other vehicles

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BEDFORD CO., Va. (WDBJ7) The 18-year-old suspect who fired at a WDBJ7 reporter's vehicle and other vehicles on Thursday afternoon in the Thaxton area of Bedford County has been identified as Daniel Flint.

Flint shot at a news vehicle being driven by WDBJ7 reporter Tim Saunders. He is OK.

Flint also shot at other vehicles in the area.

The incident began at 12:30 p.m. Thursday after a neighbor heard gunshots on Wheatland Road.

When deputies responded to the suspect's home, they found a fire burning behind the house next to a large propane tank. They also found damage inside the home, including bullet holes and broken doors.

At 1:43 p.m., a 9-1-1 call was received from WDBJ7 about a person shooting at a news vehicle at the intersection of Von Roy Road and Wheatland Road. Eight minutes later, deputies got a call about a man with a camouflage jacket who shot the tire out of a vehicle on Wheatland Road.

At 2:03 p.m., Flint was arrested.

Flint had a 270 rifle on him when he was arrested.

He is charged with arson, malicious shooting of an occupied vehicle, and attempted malicious shooting of an occupied vehicle. Further charges are likely.

UPDATE

The 18-year-old man arrested for a shooting incident in the Thaxton area shot at a vehicle being driven by WDBJ7 reporter Tim Saunders.

Saunders was driving on Wheatland Road at the time when he saw the man carrying a rifle. He then turned his vehicle around to leave the area. That’s when he heard a gunshot.

Saunders was able to safely leave the area and call 9-1-1. Minutes later, the man was arrested.

At the time Saunders encountered the man, he was responding to reports of a house fire and law enforcement on Wheatland Road.

Saunders is in the process of giving a statement to law enforcement.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is holding a 4:30 p.m. news conference about the incident. WDBJ7 plans to live stream the news conference. Click here or in the video player below to watch live

UPDATE

An 18-year-old is in custody in the Thaxton area following a shooting incident.

No one was hurt.

A news conference will be held at 4 p.m. at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

WDBJ7 plans to live stream the news conference. Click here or in the video player below.

Check back soon for more updates.

ORIGINAL STORY

There is a large law enforcement presence on Wheatland Road in the Thaxton area of Bedford County.

A perimeter has been established.

Firefighters are also on scene.

Check back soon for more updates.