BREAKING: Virginia State Police Searching For A Possible Homicide Suspect

UPDATE:  December 20, 2018

State Police report that this incident was a murder-suicide. 

Authorities found Ashley N. Bayne, 31, of Covington, dead on the sidewalk outside of a New Castle business around 8:00 a.m. on December 19, 2018.  

When deputies approached the vehicle, they found the driver, James E. Bayne 52, of Covington, suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Police said the recovered a handgun from the vehicle at the scene. No law enforcement fired their guns and no other individuals were hurt, police said.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been asked by the Craig County Sheriff’s Office and the Botetourt Sheriff’s Office to investigate both shootings. The investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Police said the remains of the people involved have been taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for an autopsy.

They also said the two had a domestic relationship, but were not married nor related.

UPDATE @ 10:04 a.m. 

Virginia State Police and the Craig County Sheriff's Office are on scene at what was reported as an active shooter at Craig Botetourt Electric Cooperative this morning. 

Police said the incident happened around 8:09 a.m. when a man opened fire outside of the Cooperative.

According to police, the man left the scene in a black Dodge Charger. 

The Botetourt Sheriff's Office said they located the vehicle traveling south on Route 220. They tried to stop the vehicle, but it fled from deputies reaching speeds of 110 miles per hour.

Police said the subject stopped at a location on Route 220, exited the vehicle with the weapon and shot himself.

They said no law enforcement engaged with the suspect and no law enforcement were injured.

The suspect was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

There is no danger to the public.


Virginia State Police say they are looking for a possible homicide suspect following a a shooting in New Castle.  At least one person is confirmed dead; however, a police spokesperson says this is no longer an active shooter situation.

This is a developing story.  Check back for updates.


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