Two charged in connection to Danville shooting involving Virginia State Police special agent

No one was hurt and five people are in custody

By Heather Butterworth - Digital Content Producer, Samantha Smith - Digital Content Producer

DANVILLE, Va. - UPDATE

Two people have been charged in connection with last night's shooting in Danville involving a Virginia State Police special agent, according to the Danville Police Department. 

Courtesy of Danville City Jail

19-year-old Daviez Hairston and 20-year-old Gregory Gladden have both been charged in connection to the incident.

Hairston is charged with one count of attempted malicious wounding, one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, one count of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, three counts of shooting from a car.

Hairston is currently at Danville City Jail with no bond.

"This could've been 10 times worse with those individuals indiscriminately firing out of the car. People have families around those homes. It could've gone into somebody's house and killed a kid just before Christmas. That's unacceptable. It's ridiculous," Danville Police Department Lt. Mike Wallace said.

Gladden is charged with accessory after the fact to attempted malicious wounding and a felony charge of eluding police.

Gladden is at Danville City Jail with a $15,000 bond.

Three other people were in the car with Hairston and Gladden and arrested, according to police, but Wallace said they were released Wednesday because there was not enough information to charge them. 

The Danville Police Department and Virginia State Police are continuing to investigate this incident.


Five people are behind bars after shots were fired at a Virginia State Police cruiser in Danville, according to the agency. 

A VSP special agent was driving an unmarked police vehicle, which was hit multiple times. The agent was not hurt. 

This happened shortly before midnight Tuesday in the Moffett Street area. Danville police and VSP were there investigating recent shootings in the city. The special agent was watching a Dodge Charger that several persons of interest were riding in, when one of them started shooting at the state police vehicle, according to VSP. 

The driver then left the scene and a chase ensued, which ended with a crash on Sunnyside Street. No one was hurt in the crash, and the driver and four passengers were taken into the police station. 

Investigators recovered a gun and other evidence at the scene.

Charges are pending against the five people, some of whom are underage. No names have been released at this time. 

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