Former Farmville Police Officer Behind Bars After Standoff with Deputies and State Police
Prince Edward Co, VA - T.J. Long of Prince Edward County, a former Farmville Police Officer, is charged with four counts of attempted Capital Murder, and four counts of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony after a standoff with Virginia State Police and Charlotte County Deputies Saturday, according to State Police.
Captain Hobgood from the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office says Long's wife was trying to locate her husband Saturday Afternoon. Deputies spotted his truck down Old Mill Road near the Prince Edward and Charlotte County line.
State Police say as deputies approached Long's truck, he opened fire on the County Deputies and a State Trooper.
Hobgood says bullets struck trees all around them, but thankfully no one was hit.
According to State Police, Long eventually surrendered around 5:20 p.m.
Hobgood says Long is also a suspect in an Arson investigation at this house in the 4600 block of George Washington Highway in Charlotte County. He says Long's wife lives in the house, but was not home at the time of the fire.
The fire started just moments before the standoff.
Many in this community say they knew Long and his family well, and are shocked to hear the news.
"Yeah I was very, very surprised when you showed me the photo, it just baffles me that he would get into anything like this," Shawn Dowler said.
No one was injured in the standoff.
Long is currently being held at the Piedmont Regional Jail.