Neighbor, Pittsylvania County Sheriff discuss shooting of deputy

Brian Cundiff was arrested after allegedly shooting a Pittsylvania County deputy Tuesday, April...
Brian Cundiff was arrested after allegedly shooting a Pittsylvania County deputy Tuesday, April 26, 2016.(WDBJ)
Published: Apr. 27, 2016 at 6:18 PM EDT
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We have new details about the man accused of shooting a Pittsylvania County Sheriff's deputy and the standoff that followed.

Court documents filed Wednesday say Brian Cundiff shot Deputy Nicholas Samuels.

Samuels and another deputy responded to a 911 call from Cundiff's father at this home on Blair Lane on Tuesday night.

The father said Cundiff had a shotgun and had shot his cell phone.

When the deputies arrived, they heard a gunshot.

The sheriff's office says Deputy Samuels took cover behind a truck in the driveway and Cundiff fired again. That bullet grazed Samuels’ head.

The deputy was treated at a hospital and released.

Cundiff barricaded himself in his home for around seven hours before finally surrendering to police around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Sheriff Mike Taylor says he talked with Deputy Samuels Wednesday morning and he is healing.

We also spoke to a man who has lived next to Cundiff for 28 years.

Loyd Gauldin says this is completely out of character, and Tuesday night he even wanted to go over and help because he thought he could talk and calm him down.

"They pulled up right there with the car and kept hollering. Give himself up, come out with his hands over his head,” Gauldin said.

Gauldin lives right next door to Brian Cundiff.

"Contractor work, he came and helped me. His daddy worked with me some, too. You couldn't dream of somebody being kinder, no nicer, than he was,” Gauldin said.

He says he can't believe Cundiff would shoot at a deputy.

"I never thought he would do something like this or something would happen in this way,” Gauldin said.

Gauldin says Cundiff has worked with him in the past. He went over to the house Wednesday morning and says the house is a mess and the family is very upset.

"I hope Brian gets some help. I really do. I hope Brian gets some help,” Gauldin said.

The deputy wounded allegedly by Cundiff has been with the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office for four years.

"Great young man. Community oriented. Puts a lot of time back into the community, very proud to have him,” Sheriff Taylor said.

Sheriff Taylor says he is proud of how the two officers handled the initial situation and the following standoff.

He says the whole department actually trained on negotiations last week.

This is the third time someone has shot at a deputy in seven months.

"I hope that this will get better, and that pendulum was swing back towards more respect for the law enforcement officers in our community,” Sheriff Taylor said.

Sheriff Taylor made a point to talk about the outpouring of support from the community.

Cundiff is charged with attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, as well as malicious wounding and firearms charges.

He's scheduled to be in court Monday.