Suspect killed during Wythe County deputy-involved shootout identified as 22-year-old man

Wythe County deputy continues to recover, state trooper on administrative leave


State Police are still investigating a deadly shootout involving a Wythe County deputy and a state trooper. 

Authorities have identified the suspect who was shot and died at the scene as 22-year-old Olajuwon Murphy.  

Two handguns belonging to Murphy were found at the scene, according to State Police. 

The Wythe County deputy who was shot at the scene is continuing to recover at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital. 

The state trooper involved has been placed on administrative leave, in accordance with Virginia State Police policy, pending the investigation. 

Authorities say that both the armed robbery and the shooting are still under investigation.  


An armed robbery call led to a shootout involving a Wythe County deputy and a state trooper. 

Just after midnight Wednesday, the sheriff's office responded to a call about an armed robbery at the Comfort Inn at Exit 80. 


Wythe County Deputy Jacob Goins

When they arrived, they checked nearby businesses to try to find the suspect. About 30 minutes later, Wythe County Deputy Jacob Goins and state trooper found a man at the Greyhound bus station who matched the witness' description. 

According to the sheriff's office, while conducting the investigation, the man fired a handgun, injuring the deputy. The deputy and trooper retreated outside into the parking lot, where, according to Virginia State Police, the suspect continued to shoot at them. 

The man was shot and died at the scene. He has not been named yet.

Two guns belonging to the man were found at the scene. 

A medical examiner will perform an autopsy. 

Goins is being treated at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and is expected to survive. Sheriff Keith Dunagan told 10 News that Goins will need a rod in his leg and will be in the hospital for a few more days.

Dunagan said the 26-year-old deputy has been with the department for three years.

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