NEW CASTLE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- UPDATE:
Craig-Botetourt Electirc Cooperative, where Ashley Bayne worked and was shot Wednesday morning, released a statement on the incident:
"Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative suffered a horrendous tragedy this morning (Wednesday, Dec. 19) when staff accountant Ashley Bayne lost her life in a shooting incident that took place at the cooperative," the statement read.
In addition, the company stated that it would be closed until Dec. 26, and asked for thoughts and prayers to be with Bayne's family.
Southside Electric Cooperative also extended its sympathies to the family of Bayne.
"Our sincere condolences also go out to everyone at CBEC," the coooperative said in a statement.
The shooter in an incident Wednesday morning in Craig and Botetourt counties has died of his injuries, police say.
At 8:09 a.m. Wednesday, the Craig County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a shooting in the 26000 block of Craig Creek Road. The Sheriff’s Office arrived and found Ashley N. Bayne, 31, of Covington, dead on the sidewalk outside the building. The Sheriff’s Office obtained a description of the suspect vehicle that had fled the scene and immediately broadcast it to all law enforcement within the region, according to a news release from Virginia State Police.
Approximately 30 minutes later, the suspect vehicle - a black Dodge Challenger – was spotted on Route 220 in Botetourt County by a Botetourt County Sheriff’s Deputy.
The Botetourt County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle, but the Challenger refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated.
According to previous WDBJ7 reports, the suspect fled at speeds in excess of 110 mph.
The pursuit continued along Route 220 until the vehicle stopped near Valley Road. When Botetourt County Sheriff’s Deputies approached the stopped vehicle, they found the driver to be suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. James E. Bayne 52, of Covington, Va., was transported by EMS to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he later died of his injuries, the release stated.
A handgun was recovered from the Dodge Charger at the crash scene. No law enforcement discharged their firearms during the incident. No other individuals were injured or vehicles involved in the traffic crash, the release stated.
The investigation remains ongoing, police say.
Virginia State Police say they are investigating two separate crime scenes in Botetourt and Craig counties, following a shooting incident in New Castle on Wednesday morning.
Police said one person was shot in New Castle around 8:09 a.m. Wednesday.
Following the initial shooting, public schools in Craig County were placed on lockdown, according to Craig County school superintendent Jeanette Warwick. Warwick said the lockdown was put in place as a precaution, because schools are located on the same road where the first shooting incident took place.
State police say they pursued a suspected shooter, who reportedly was driving a black Dodge Charger into Botetourt County. The vehicle fled deputies, reaching speeds of 110 mph.
The suspect later shot himself, according to state police.
The lockdown for Craig County schools was lifted around 9 a.m., and no students were injured, Warwick said.
No law enforcement personnel were injured during the incident.
Craig County Sheriff's office reports there is no danger to the public at this time. VSP is investigating both crime scenes.