COVINGTON, Va. – On Monday afternoon, the Covington Police Department identified its officer who died in Monday afternoon’s shooting.
Officer Caleb Ogilvie, 35, died while responding to the domestic shooting incident at Covington Farm & Fuel, according to Covington Police Chief Christopher Smith.
“His engaging personality, dedication to serving others and a great sense of humor, quickly endeared him with the Covington Police Department family and our community,” said Smith. “This is a senseless loss that’s being felt by so many today and will as days come.”
He is the first Covington Police Officer to die in the line of duty, according to Smith.
Prior to being a police officer, Ogilvie served his nation as a Marine. He served active duty from 2006 until 2010, being honorably discharged and then re-enlisting in reserve duty from 2011 to 2016, according to Smith.
He was also a volunteer EMT in Roanoke County at the Mason Cove Volunteer Rescue Squad, from 2011-2016.
Ogilvie graduated from the Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy in August 2021 with high remarks.
Virginia State Police are investigating a shooting that left three dead, including a Covington police officer, Monday afternoon.
At 4:30 p.m., state police said 42-year-old Toney S. Poulston Jr., of Covington, entered Farm & Fuel, a gas station and store located at 121 N Alleghany Ave.
While at the store, a domestic situation began between Poulston and a relative, 64-year-old Randall Lee Paxton, of Covington, who police say was an employee. The situation escalated, leading to Poulston shooting Paxton.
The Covington Police Department and the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office reported to the scene after authorities were notified of Poulston’s “erratic and escalating behavior inside the store,” according to state police.
When authorities arrived at the scene, they encountered Poulston, who was armed with a pistol, coming out of the store.
Following the encounter, shots were fired, killing both Poulston and a Covington police officer who responded to the scene.
According to state police, once the scene was secured, authorities went inside the store to find Paxton dead with a gunshot wound as well as Paxton’s wife, who was uninjured.
The officer’s identity has not been released yet.
All three bodies will be transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for an autopsy.
A GoFundMe has been started to assist the officer’s family with funeral expenses and bills. You can click here to donate.
There was a procession for the officer’s body from Covington to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Monday. We caught the beginning of the procession live on our Facebook:
Authorities say no other law enforcement members were injured in the shooting and there were no customers inside or outside of the store who were injured.
VSP says, at the request of Covington Police Chief Christopher J. Smith, its Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Salem will investigate the death of the Covington officer and Paxton.
State police will also investigate the officer-involved shooting at the request from Smith again along with Alleghany County Sheriff Kevin Hall.
Three people, including a Covington police officer, are dead following a shooting on Monday afternoon, according to Virginia State Police.
Police also confirmed that the suspected shooter is also among those dead.
The third person killed was a civilian, according to police.
Authorities have not yet released the identities of any of the three individuals.
The shooting happened shortly before 5 p.m. at Covington Farm & Fuel on Alleghany Avenue, about 2 miles off exit 14 of Interstate 64 onto Route 154.
At this time, Alleghany Avenue is blocked off while authorities work on the scene.
Virginia State Police, the Covington Police Department and the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. However, VSP’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office is investigating the shooting.
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