Man surrenders after eight killed in Virginia shooting

Mass Casualties Posted on

A man suspected of shooting dead eight people before disappearing into dense woods in rural Virginia has surrendered without incident, Virginia state police said.

Sergeant Thomas Molnar said 39-year-old Christopher Speight approached officers at the scene of the shootings in Appomattox, and turned himself in at about 7am local time.

Officials said Speight was acquainted with the victims, but details of the relationships were not released. Police were still working to identify the victims and notify their families.

The drama began around noon yesterday when a critically injured man was spotted by a narrow country road. He died on the way to the hospital. Seven other men and women were found dead inside and outside a nearby home.

Police surrounded a two-mile stretch of heavily wooded terrain overnight. As teams tried to flush out the gunman, he fired at a police helicopter and hit a fuel tank, forcing it to land. No police officers were injured.

Sheriff Wilson Staples said investigators believe Speight had weapons training based on the weapons found in his home, but he declined to elaborate.

Speight surrendered after a manhunt involving more than 100 police and helicopters with thermal imaging.

Legal News Media

Legal News is the top headline legal news provider for lawyers and legalprofessionals. Read law articles and breaking news from law firm's across the United States to get the latest updates. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of the site at any time. Your This site is solely for your personal use. You are, of course, welcome to print or otherwise copy material from this site for your personal use. However, you may not distribute, exchange, modify, sell or transmit anything you copy from this Site, including but not limited to any text, images, audio and video, for any business, commercial or public purpose. Any unauthorized use of the text, images, audio and video may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, the laws of privacy and publicity and civil and criminal statutes.


American Bar Association – Start and Run a Law Firm – Starting a Law Firm

Lawyer Website Designs