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Christiansburg town manager hospitalized with self-inflicted gunshot wound

CHRISTIANSBURG (WSLS 10) - Virginia State Police say Christiansburg Town Manager Steve Biggs has been hospitalized after shooting himself.

Last month, an emergency protective order issued against Biggs. Curt documents show that a 23-year-old woman obtained a three-day protective order in March against him and said in her complaint that he harassed her and told her he loved her.

Police say at about 12:07 a.m., a call was made to the New River Valley Regional 911 Center in reference to a possible suicidal person at 10 Montague Street in Christiansburg.

A picture from outside the scene taken on Tuesday morning.
A picture from outside the scene taken on Tuesday morning.

Upon arrival, Christiansburg Police officers and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies made multiple attempts to contact the person inside the apartment.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office secured the scene and evacuated the residents of the adjoining apartment units.

State police say at about 3:54 a.m., officers, and deputies heard a gunshot from inside the home.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office emergency response team entered the home and found that the 53-year-old Biggs was suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

He was taken to LewisGale Hospital Montgomery and then flown to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with possible life-threatening injuries.

The Christiansburg Rescue Squad was on standby and personnel were able to apply first aid measures soon after entry was made into the apartment.

Virginia State Police will be handling the investigation.

Biggs began his position with the town on July 1, 2016.

 

Christiansburg Mayor Mike Barber released this statement about the shooting:

 

Christiansburg Town Council, staff and I are deeply saddened by this morning’s events and are keeping Steve and his family in our thoughts and prayers. Since he came on board in July, Steve has energized the Town of Christiansburg, inspiring many of the stakeholders in our amazing community to recognize the great potential that already existed prior to his arrival – and still does. He has worked closely with Town staff at every level and in every department, and we’re still reeling from this news. Counselors from Carilion Clinic will be on site at Christiansburg Town Hall this week and available to all staff members.

 

The regularly scheduled Town Council meeting tonight has been canceled. In its place, Christiansburg Town Council will meet in a closed session. Assistant Town Manager Randy Wingfield is acting as interim town manager.

We appreciate the many kind words we’ve already received today from community members and our friends and neighbors across the region. As you know, the investigation is being handled by Virginia State Police. We appreciate their assistance, as well as the assistance provided this morning by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Christiansburg Rescue Squad.