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Bedford County man kills his brother-in-law, then himself amidst family dispute

Authorities said no immediate threat, lockdown lifted

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has released additional information about Monday’s deadly shooting.
The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has released additional information about Monday’s deadly shooting.

UPDATE (3:01 P.M. TUESDAY)

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. - The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has released additional information about Monday’s deadly shooting.

The preliminary investigation shows that James Wright, 75, and his wife were at 80-year-old Raymond Tyler’s home in the 1100 block of Villamont Road in Blue Ridge in reference to family documents being signed.

The two men are brothers-in-law, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Witnesses told authorities that Tyler became upset, shot Wright and then turned the weapon on himself.

Wright died at the scene, while Tyler was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he passed away, according to authorities.

This incident appears to be a family-related dispute and there is no danger to the public, according to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.


UPDATE (2:17 P.M. MONDAY)

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office identified the two people involved in Monday morning’s deadly shooting.

Authorities said 75-year-old James Wright and 80-year-old Raymond Tyler were involved in the incident that happened on 1711 Villamont Road in Blue Ridge.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Wright was pronounced dead at the scene while Tyler was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office said it’s not looking or anyone else involved in this incident.

The investigation remains ongoing.


ORIGINAL STORY

Schools in Bedford County were placed on lockdown due to a deadly shooting on Monday morning, according to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said that they received a 911 call from Villamont Road in Blue Ridge just before 11 a.m. Monday.

The caller told authorities that a man had shot himself and that while deputies were en route, another man had been shot.

As a precaution, area schools were placed on lockdown.

When deputies arrived, they said they found two men who were shot. Authorities said one man was pronounced dead at the scene, and another was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Deputies are still at the scene investigating, but authorities said there is no immediate threat and school lockdowns have been lifted.


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