Va. officer shot, killed during welfare check

Officer Michael Chandler, 29, also served as a volunteer firefighter

Duty Death: Michael Chandler - [Big Stone Gap, Virginia]

End of Service: 11/13/2021

By Suzie Ziegler

BIG STONE GAP, Va. — Police in Virginia are mourning the loss of Officer Michael Chandler, who was killed in the line of duty on Saturday.

According to WTVR, Chandler was performing a welfare check when he was shot.

A deputy found Chandler, 29, lying unconscious in a ditch near the home, according to the report. Chandler was flown to a hospital where he died of his injuries.

“Mike's loss will be felt by our town and across all of Wise County,” said Big Stone Gap Police Chief Stephen Hamm on Facebook. “Not only did he serve as an officer with the Town of Big Stone Gap Police Department, but also as a volunteer with the Big Stone Gap Fire Department.”

Police said a suspect was arrested in Tennessee after an “extensive search,” according to the report. Charges are pending.



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