Pulaski County man dead, NRV community services employee hospitalized after stabbing each other, deputies say

No charges will be filed against the employee, according to the Commonwealth’s Attorney


A Pulaski County man is dead and an NRV community services employee was hospitalized after stabbing each other during a home visit on Jan. 30, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

On Jan. 30, an employee from New River Valley Community Services went to conduct a home visit in the 6000 block of Baptist Hollow Road, authorities said.

After the employee got to the home, he called 911 and said he had been stabbed multiple times by the client, according to the sheriff’s office.

We’re told the 911 call was cut short due to a lack of service in the area, but the employee was able to call 911 again, saying that he needed help.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office deputies got to the home during the second 911 call and immediately got the employee to safety, the Sheriff said.

Authorities said the employee was fading in and out of consciousness at the time, so deputies decided to use one of their vehicles to take him to a nearby ambulance, in which he was then transported to a hospital for treatment.

Once the employee was safe, the sheriff’s office said the deputies secured a perimeter around the residence and tried to get anyone else in the home to show themselves.

After trying to get anyone inside to come out, the Sheriff said deputies made their way into the home and found the client dead.

According to the sheriff’s office, the investigation determined that the employee was stabbed several times and defended himself by stabbing the client several times before he was able to get outside and to his vehicle.

Pulaski County Commonwealth Attorney Justin Griffith said that due to the employee exercising his right to self-defense, it was a justifiable homicide, and no charges will be filed.

Out of an abundance of caution, the School Resource Officer at Snowville Elementary School was notified and extra patrols were conducted throughout the community during the course of the incident, authorities said.

Sheriff Mike Worrell expressed his thanks to Virginia State Police, Radford City Police Department, and Pulaski County Public Safety for their assistance. 


One man is dead and another is in the hospital after an incident in Pulaski County, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened on Jan. 30 in the 6000 block of Baptist Hollow Road, authorities said.

One man died during the incident and another is receiving treatment for the injuries he sustained, according to the sheriff’s office.

We’re told there is no ongoing threat to the public.

Other details are limited at this time. 10 News is working for you to learn more.

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