UPDATE: More details released in Giles Co. shootout; 3 arrested - WVVA TV Bluefield Beckley WV News, Weather and Sports

UPDATE: More details released in Giles Co. shootout; 3 arrested

PEARISBURG (WVVA) - Police have released more details on the events that led to a deadly police-involved shooting in Giles County last weekend.

According to State Police, the incident began early Friday morning after reports of a shooting and robbery on College Street in Narrows.

Police say 18-year-old Luke Robbins of Narrows was the victim of a robbery and was shot during the course of the crime. He was treated at Carillion Giles Community Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

As a result of the robbery investigation, police filed charges against Jonathan V. Robertson, 32, of Narrows for malicious wounding, robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

It was while attempting to serve warrants on Robertson that police were fired upon by the suspect, according to the State Police.

Robertson was ultimately fatally shot after exchanging gunfire with police. (Read below for previous updates)

Three other individuals have been charged in connection with the Friday robbery -- including the passenger riding with Robertson at the time of Saturday's shooting.

Clifton L. Clowers, 28, of Christiansburg, Va., bailed from Robertson's Chevy S-10 truck during the shooting. He's charged with one count of robbery and one count of malicious wounding.

Ian G. Rhody, 20, of Pearisburg and Kyle L. Williams, 20, of Pembroke are also charged with robbery, malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in connection with Friday's incident.


PEARISBURG (WVVA & Press Release) -- Virginia State Police release the name of the man who died after an officer-involved shootout Saturday evening.  They first encountered him and an unnamed passenger while investigating a robbery and shooting of a Giles County man that happened Friday.

Jonathan Robertson, 32, of Narrows was their main suspect.  A Virginia State Police special agent and Giles County sheriff's deputy encountered him on Fletchers Mountain Road.  They say Robertson's Chevrolet S-10 pick up truck was stopped across the road, forcing the officers to stop. 

The special agent and deputy identified themselves as law enforcement.  Then, Robertson displayed a weapon and began shooting at the law enforcement officers. The special agent and deputy returned fire.

The passenger bailed out of the pickup truck as Robertson drove away from the scene. The passenger was not injured and was taken into custody by the Giles County Sheriff's Office. He is currently being held without bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail on charges related to Friday's robbery and shooting incident.

Robertson continued down Fletchers Mountain Road and crossed over a stinger-spike strip the sheriff's office put down. Even with flat tires from the spikes, the Robertson kept going another 75 yards to Narrows Road where there was another exchange of gunfire between Robertson and sheriff's deputies.

Robertson leaves again in his pickup.  He ran off the road on Thomas Drive in the Town of Pearisburg. Robertson again fired at deputies and Town of Pearisburg Police, who returned fire.

After this exchange, Robertson was transported to Giles Memorial Hospital and was then flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he died shortly after. His remains were taken to the Medical Examiner's Office in Roanoke for examination and autopsy.

No law enforcement personnel were injured at any of the shooting scenes.

The Friday and Saturdays' incidents are still under investigation. 


PEARISBURG (WVVA) - Virginia State Police have confirmed that a male subject is dead following an shootout with officers in Giles County Saturday.

According to a news release from the State Police, the incident began in Narrows around 4:35 p.m. when a male -- who was the subject of an ongoing investigation -- confronted law enforcement officers with the sheriff's office and state police. Shots were fired as a result of the confrontation.

The male fled the scene and police gave pursuit. When the subject stopped, shots were again fired. The subject again fled. When he stopped a second time -- on Thomas Drive in Pearisburg -- shots were again fired. The subject is now deceased, according to the news release.

A passenger in the subject's vehicle was unharmed. No law enforcement official was injured.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Wytheville Field Office's Police Shooting Investigative Team is conducting an investigation of the evening's incidents. 

In an exclusive interview with WVVA News, a witness to the scene described seeing multiple police officers exchanging fire with a white truck along a highway near Pearisburg. Watch her full interview describing the shootout in the video player above.

Following is the full news release from the Virginia State Police:

NARROWS, Va. – The Giles County Sheriff's Office, Pearisburg Police Department and Virginia State Police spent the night investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred Saturday evening (Oct. 26, 2013) in Narrows, Va. During the course of an ongoing criminal investigation, a male subject confronted law enforcement officers with the sheriff's office and state police at approximately 4:35 p.m. The confrontation subsequently resulted in shots being fired. The male subject then fled the scene and a pursuit was initiated. When the male subject stopped, shots again were fired. The male subject again fled from law enforcement. When he stopped his vehicle a second time on Thomas Drive in the Town of Pearisburg, shots were fired.
The male subject is deceased. The passenger in his vehicle was not injured. No law enforcement personnel from the Giles County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police or Pearisburg Police Department were injured.
The male subject's remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for autopsy and examination.
The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Wytheville Field Office's Police Shooting Investigative Team is  conducting an investigation of the evening's incidents. 



PEARISBURG (WVVA) - Police are investigating an incident in the Pearisburg area in which an eyewitness says shots were fired.

Police will only confirm at this time that an incident occurred, but have not offered further details.

Melissa Ellis, a mail delivery driver who says she witnessed the incident told WVVA News that the incident occurred between police and a white truck in the Fletcher Mountain Road, Route 100 area in Pearisburg.

The witness described seeing multiple armed police officers outside of their cruisers, waiting for -- then exchanging fire with -- the white truck as it drove by them.

The witness did not see who or how many people were inside the truck. She says once the truck passed, the police officers got back in their cruisers and continued chase.

NBC affiliate WSLS reports that the Virginia State Police, Giles County Sheriff's Department and Virginia Bureau of Criminal Investigation have responded to the scene.

A news conference is expected sometime Saturday night.

WVVA News will have more information as it becomes available.


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