Officer killed in Southwest Virginia; suspect arrested in Tennessee

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BIG STONE GAP, Va. (WRIC) — A police officer in the small Southwest Virginia town of Big Stone Gap died on Nov. 13 after being shot in the line of duty.

According to WJHL, Officer Michael Chandler was performing a welfare check on an individual in an empty house around 4 a.m. on Saturday, when he encountered “at least one individual” and was shot.

They report he was found by Wise County Sheriff’s deputies and transported to a local hospital, then airlifted to a hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Chandler died there as a result of his injuries at 7:00 p.m.

Michael Chandler photo: Town of Big Stone Gap/Facebook

WJHL reports that a suspect was apprehended following a large-scale search in the Tennessee city of Kingsport, just South of the border with Virginia.

In a statement Sunday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said he was deeply saddened by the news, calling Chandler, “a dedicated public servant, a devoted husband and father, and a trusted member of the Big Stone Gap community.”

Governor Northam also ordered flags to be lowered on the day of his internment.

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