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UPDATE: Police discontinue search for shooting suspect

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TAZEWELL (WVVA) - Tazewell Sheriff's deputies have discontinued their search for a suspect in Thursday's shooting, after saying it's unclear whether or not another person was inside the victim's residence.

A news release issued by the department Friday says no evidence of intrusion could be found at the home of at 259 Melrose Street. Two tracking dogs were called in and could not gain a track on the alleged intruder.

The release further states that the victim -- identified as Chris Shane Tibbs -- was only able to provide a vague description of the alleged shooter, and that he was very shaky and heavily medicated when investigators attempted to interview him following the incident at the hospital.

Tibbs remains hospitalized with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his left shoulder. Investigators will seek additional information from Tibbs regarding anyone who may have been at the residence, or any possible suspects, once he is released from the hospital.

Following is the full release from the Tazewell County Sheriff's Department:

On October 25th at approximately 11:42 am the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, 911 Dispatch Center received a 911 call from Mr. Chris Shane Tibbs of 259 Melrose St, stating, he had encountered a masked intruder inside of his residence, Mr. Tibbs continued and stated, "I have been shot by the intruder and he has left, he is wearing a mask and camouflage. " Units responded and found Mr. Tibbs sitting at the kitchen table; he gave a statement that he had been shot by an unknown male intruder. This case is still under investigation, the alleged male intruders' description was very vague. Two tracking dogs one from Bluefield Police Department and a second from the Virginia State Police were brought in to attempt to track the alleged suspect and neither tracking dog was able to gain a track on the alleged intruder.

This investigation continues and when Mr. Tibbs is released for his non-life threatening gunshot wound to his left shoulder investigators will conduct an in depth interview with him. At this time there are no items reported missing from the residence, the weapon used to shoot Mr. Tibbs was recovered on scene and belonged to him. There was no evidence inside or outside the residence available to recover. Mr. Tibbs alleges the intruder was wearing brown camouflage clothing, some sort of form fitting mask and brown gloves. There were no signs of forced entry to the house and no reported incidents of intruders or suspicious persons in the area over the past two years according to records.

At this point the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office has discontinued its search for this alleged intruder and will seek additional information from Mr. Tibbs regarding anyone that may have been at the residence with him or any possible suspects he may be able to think of. It is unclear at this point if there was in fact another person inside the residence; Mr. Tibbs was very shaky and heavily medicated when investigators attempted to interview him yesterday at the hospital. We would like the public to know we are actively working on this case and seeking anyone with additional information. Persons with information can remain anonymous; they can also report information on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tazewellcountysheriff or at crimetips@tazewellcountysheriff.org.

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ORIGINAL REPORT:

SPRINGVILLE, Va. (WVVA) - Authorities in Tazewell County are investigating an apparent breaking and entering Thursday that left a homeowner wounded by a gunshot.

The shooting occurred at a residence at 259 Melrose in Bluefield, Va., Major Harold Heatley of the Tazewell County Sheriff's Department said.

The victim, identified as a 41-year-old male, told the Tazewell County Sheriff's Department that he was in the basement of his home at approximately 11:45 a.m. when he went upstairs and startled an intruder, who was described as wearing camouflage and a mask.

The victim was shot in the back. He was apparently shot by a .22 caliber revolver taken from the home. The gun was left at the scene.

Authorities said nothing else appeared to be taken from the home.

The victim was transported to Bluefield Regional Medical Center. His injuries were said to be non-life threatening. The victim was able to call 911. He was alert and talking to officers at the scene.

No arrests have been made at this time. The case is under investigation by the Tazewell County Sheriff's Department.

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