Man killed by police after holding 3-year-old boy hostage for 15 hours
Monday, Dec. 21 5:00 p.m Update:
We now know the identity of the man state police say initiated a shootout with troopers in Campbell County Saturday following a 15-hour standoff.
The family of 24-year-old Travon Scruggs say he must have snapped last Friday night when he took a gun and his 3-year-old son and barricaded himself in a bedroom on Quarry lane in Concord.
The child is safe, and no troopers were hurt.
Saturday, Dec. 19 4:30 p.m. Update:
A 15-hour hostage situation in Campbell County is over following an exchange of gunfire between a male suspect and police.
The suspect, identified as Travon Scruggs, 24, was flown to Lynchburg General Hospital where he died shortly before 2 p.m. authorities said.
The hostage, a 3-year-old boy, was safely rescued by a Virginia State Police hostage negotiator. The toddler is now in the custody of family members.
Police said shortly before 12:05 p.m., Saturday, the 3-year-old boy emerged from the bedroom. As a state police negotiator tried to coax the toddler to safety, Scruggs began shooting at the state police special agent and Tactical Team members inside the residence. State police returned fire.
The toddler was not harmed. No state police personnel were injured.
Scruggs was flown to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment. His remains will be transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner for autopsy and examination.
Saturday 12:30 p.m. Update:
Police stormed the home and several shots were fired. One person was put in an ambulance. Status of the man and child remain unknown.
Saturday Morning Updates:
A child is being held hostage inside a Concord area home, according to the Campbell County Sheriff's Office.
About 20 police vehicles can be seen off Quarry Lane.
The Campbell County Sheriff's Office says the man inside is armed. The man was seen firing several rounds at deputies from inside the home.
One shot has been fired, police still inside house— Rob Manch (@RobManch) December 19, 2015
Sheriff's deputies say the man fired his weapon through the door at them. They are closing down stage rd for safety— Rob Manch (@RobManch) December 19, 2015
Crews first responded around 10 p.m. Friday night for a domestic situation that turned into a hostage situation. The Sheriff's Office says the man barricaded himself inside the home with a child, but couldn't tell us how old the child is at this time. It's unclear if the child is related to the man inside.
The area is a rural neighborhood.
Virginia State Police are assisting the Campbell County Sheriff's office.
The road is blocked.
WSLS 10 has crews on scene.
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