Suspect in Wythe County deputy-involved shooting used to be a police officer

Both deputies shot have now been released from the hospital

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – A former police officer is accused of shooting two Wythe County deputies on Tuesday night.

This happened during a domestic situation on Whippoorwill Road.

The suspect, Ricky Delk, is still in the hospital in serious condition as of 7 p.m. Wednesday night, according to Virginia State Police.

Delk was a police officer in Daytona Beach, Florida, from Feb. 24, 2008, to March 23, 2011, according to the Daytona Beach Police Department.

The above picture is Delk in 2010, while he was still a police officer.

Left to Right: Chief Deputy Charles Foster and Deputy Chris Coleman (Wythe County Sheriff's Office)

Even though both deputies, Chief Deputy Charles Foster and Deputy Chris Coleman, survived and have been released from the hospital, Sheriff Keith Dunagan said it could have easily taken a turn for the worst.

“One of the deputies heard a stick break and turned around. She saw him with a gun and was able to warn everybody else,” said Dunagan.

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