Officer shoots suspect in Virginia, woman found dead in home
Jan. 08, 2018
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say an officer shot and killed a suspect who shot at police responding to a home in which a woman was later found dead.
Sgt. Rick Garletts with Virginia State Police wrote in a statement that Danville police responded to a call from a woman who said a man was shooting at her shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday. Officers tried to negotiate with 54-year-old Richard R. Towler, but authorities say he came out of the house shooting and one officer returned fire, killing Towler.
Police then found 38-year-old Crystal Lynn Averett dead inside the home. Both bodies were taken to Roanoke for autopsies.
No officers were injured.
Garletts told the Danville Register & Bee that video and audio related to the incident likely won't be released.
Information from: Danville Register & Bee, http://www.registerbee.com