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Names, details released in Buchanan Co. shooting rampage

William Ezra Stiltner William Ezra Stiltner
Cameron Neil Justus Cameron Neil Justus
Eric Dwayne Rasnake Eric Dwayne Rasnake
Shane Earl Charles Shane Earl Charles
Buchanan County Press Conference Buchanan County Press Conference

VANSANT Va. (WVVA) - The Virginia State Police have released the names of the victims and the shooter involved in the deadly rampage in Buchanan County Sunday.

Buchanan County deputy sheriffs Eric Dwayne Rasnake, 32, and Shane Earl Charles, 25, were shot multiple times and wounded after responding to a report of a larceny at Rogers Service Center on Route 620 in Vansant. Both were able to crawl to a nearby residence to take cover and call for help.

Additional sheriff's deputies and the Virginia State Police immediately responded to the scene. As a perimeter was being established to search for the shooter, deputy sheriffs Cameron Neil Justus, 41, and William Ezra Stiltner, 46, were both shot and killed by a high-powered rifle.

The shooter, Randy Gilbert Newberry, 52, of Vansant fled his hiding spot in a nearby wooded area and ran to a nearby residence approximately one quarter-mile from the service center. Police tracked Newberry to the residence where he was found in the yard, talking on a cell phone. Newberry ignored police commands to put up his hands and lay on the ground. When he turned and aimed a handgun at officers he was shot and killed.

Jim Conley, a witness who lives at the home where Newberry was found, said Newberry was on the phone with his wife at the time he was shot.

A 10-year veteran of the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Justus is survived by a wife, daughter, and step-son. Stiltner, a seven-year veteran, is survived by a wife and two children.

Rasnake remains in ICU at Bristol Regional Medical Center. Charles is being treated at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn. Both are listed in critical condition.

The last time a Buchanan County Deputy Sheriff was killed in the line of duty was approximately 40 years ago.

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