Officer-involved shooting of suspect in Henry County under investigation


New details into an officer-involved shooting of a suspect in Henry County Monday have been released.

According to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, members of the sheriff’s office, Martinsville Police, and the US Marshal’s Office were serving a warrant at around 12:45 p.m. Monday for Timothy Howell, who was wanted by authorities for a shooting that injured a man in Henry County on March 2.

The sheriff’s office said Howell was at a camper located in a wooded area that was a great distance off the highway, at 805 Wright Road in Ridgeway.

When officers encountered Howell, we’re told he was armed with a handgun. Authorities said officers announced themselves to Howell, and he pointed his gun toward the officers before he was shot multiple times.

According to authorities, officers immediately began performing life-saving measures on Howell. He was then airlifted to a hospital for life-threatening injuries. He is now in stable condition.

Investigators at the scene found multiple other guns, and suspected methamphetamine.

There were no reported injuries to law enforcement.

The Virginia State Police will investigate the incident.

A press conference was held by the Martinsville Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and Virginia State Police regarding the shooting.

If you missed it, you can watch the press conference below.


An investigation is underway after an officer-involved shooting took place in Henry County on Monday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Wayne Davis said authorities were serving a warrant at 805 Wright Road in Ridgeway for someone who was wanted out of Henry County, BTW21 reported.

In the interview with BTW21, Davis said while authorities were taking the suspect into custody, he pulled out a gun, and officers shot him.

He has been transported to a medical facility to receive treatment, according to Davis.

Virginia State Police is investigating the incident.

At this time, the extent of any injuries or arrests is not known. We’re working for you to learn more.

We’ll continue to update this breaking news story as we learn more.

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