UPDATE: Man arrested, victim identified in Pittsylvania County shooting

Published: Jan. 8, 2019 at 2:51 PM EST
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Deputies in Pittsylvania County have arrested and charged a man in a shooting that left another man dead after an incident at a Blairs convenience store.

Investigators say they charged James Roland Hooper III, 46, of Lynchburg, with one felony count of 1st Degree Murder in the shooting death of Jacob Steele Robertson, 27. Hooper is also charged with one felony count of Using a Firearm in the Commission of the Murder of Jacob Steel Robertson and one Felony Count of Possession of a Firearm by a Violent Felon.

Robertson is a Lynchburg native.

Hooper remains in the Pittsylvania County Jail under no bond.

Deputies released a timeline of events leading up to the shooting.

An initial call for a shooting was received by the Pittsylvania County’s 911 Center, today, around 12:21 PM. The location of the murder was in the parking lot of the Kangaroo Mart located at 9181 U.S. Highway 29 in the Blairs community.

Authorities say an off-duty Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Deputy was in close proximity of the scene when the shooting occurred. The Deputy confronted and detained suspect Hooper until other deputies arrived at the scene to assist. No other injuries were reported to authorities.

There are no indicators that Hooper knew Robertson.

Jacob Steele Robertson leaves behind his parents, fiancée and his 8-year-old son.


The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deadly shooting in Blairs.

Officials say it happened Tuesday afternoon around 12:20 p.m. at the BP gas station in the 9100 block of Route 29.

Officers found a man who had been shot.

According to officials, investigators performed CPR on the man.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff's office says a person of interest was taken into custody.

They say both the victim and the person of interest are from Lynchburg.

This is a developing story, stay with WDBJ7 for updates.

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