Southwest Virginia man faces attempted capital murder charge after trying to kill a sheriff's deputy

Officer, suspect get into physical altercation; suspect shot

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – A 28-year-old Wythe County man faces an attempted capital murder charge after taking a deputy's handgun and shooting him, according to the Wythe County Sheriff's Office.

On Saturday, at about 2 p.m., the Sheriff's Office received a call about a stolen vehicle in Rural Retreat.

The deputy who responded to the call found that the stolen vehicle had hit a tree.

The suspect, William Cody Grimes, then assaulted the deputy and the two struggled over the deputy's handgun.

The Sheriff's Office said that Grimes took the firearm and fired several shots at the deputy.

The deputy was hit in the holster as he attempted to take cover behind his patrol vehicle, the Sheriff's Office said.

Once he made it back to his vehicle, he used his patrol rifle and hit Grimes several times, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Grimes is now receiving medical treatment. The deputy was treated and but has since been released from the hospital.

Grimes now faces charges of attempted capital murder, using a firearm in the commission of a felony and grand larceny of a motor vehicle.

Before this incident, Grimes was out on bond on a charge of carrying a concealed handgun.

Original story posted on Nov. 9, 2019

A deputy and a suspect are receiving medical treatment after an officer-involved shooting happened in Wythe County, according to WVVA. 

Deputies said they received a call regarding a stolen vehicle in the Rural Retreat area around 2 p.m. Saturday.

A deputy soon located the vehicle and a suspect accused of stealing it. Then, the two got into a physical altercation, and the suspect was shot. The suspect has been flown to receive treatment, and the deputy is being treated at a local hospital.

State police are investigating. 

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