UPDATE: VSP release the name of the Farmville suspect who shot Trooper Dowell
Virginia State Police release more information about the Farmville shooting incident.
The suspect was identified as Corey Johnson, 44, of Cumberland County. Johnson died at the scene.
A Virginia State Police trooper who was shot while executing a search warrant has died.
Trooper Lucas B. Dowell was a member of the Virginia State Police Tactical Team that was assisting the Piedmont Regional Drug and Gang Task Force with executing the search warrant in Farmville Monday evening.
Dowell died at the hospital, according to Virginia State Police.
Dowell was a Chilhowie, Virginia native and since graduation, he has been assigned to the Virginia State Police Appomattox Division. His latest assignment was on patrol in Area 20, which includes the City of Lynchburg and Amherst and Campbell counties.
“This is an extremely difficult day for the State Police,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We are humbled by Lucas’ selfless sacrifice and grateful for his dedicated service to the Commonwealth. He will forever be remembered by his State Police Family for his great strength of character, tenacity, valor, loyalty and sense of humor.”
No other troopers were injured in the shooting, police said.
A Virginia State Police trooper was taken to the hospital following an officer-involved shooting in Farmville Monday evening.
According to a release from Virginia State Police, a Virginia State Police Tactical Team was assisting the Piedmont Regional Drug and Gang Task Force to execute a search warrant a a home in the 1500 block of Cumberland Road Monday evening. The Tactical Team entered the home around 10 p.m. when a man inside the home began shooting at them. Officers returned fire, police said.
One of the Virginia State Police troopers was shot and was taken to the hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. The man who fired at officers was also shot and killed, according to the release.
Police said the man who fired at officers was the only person inside the home at the time of the shooting.
The two troopers who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave, in accordance with Virginia State Police policy.
Police are still investigating.