Rockbridge Co. Sheriff's Office making changes after December manhunt

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ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY (WSLS 10) - The Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office is looking to make some changes after an investigation last year.

William Hall led police on a manhunt for several days and was later found dead inside a church after police believe he shot himself.

It's one of the major cases Capt. Tony McFaddin has covered in his 20 years with the Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office.

"You're trying to bring it all to a peaceful conclusion without anyone else getting hurt," explained McFaddin.

After this case, the entire sheriff's office debriefed about what they did right and what they can do better.

One thing they identified was the need to get better equipment. The county administrator approved $25,000 toward a communication system for the SWAT team, pole camera and a thermal-imaging system.

The county approved the money before the upcoming fiscal year since the sheriff's department needs the equipment now.

"When your guys can't communicate as well as they need to and the SWAT team, we just can't have someone sticking their head into a space that they can't get a shot at if they had an opportunity to put a camera up there instead," said Spencer Suiter, the county administrator.

Something else the sheriff's office is working on is better communication with other agencies. A few weeks ago, they participated in active-shooter training at Rockbridge County High School.