Update: Suspect in Bedford Co. Shooting Taken Into Custody

Update: 1:45 a.m.

Bedford Co., VA - It's being called the biggest stand-off Bedford County's seen in 15 years. It ended with three people in the hospital. The two victims are in critical condition at Roanoke Memorial and the suspect is at UVA. It was a day of unexpected twists and turns that officials and neighbors say started with a family feud.

"I knew they'd been feuding again," said Mike Reynolds, a neighbor of the Caldwells.

"They've called the cops on each other right many times," said Mike Dooley, a neighbor.

"What do they fight about?" we asked some neighbors.

"Pretty much anything," said Johnny Ruff.

Officials say the suspect, 55-year-old Dennis Caldwell, shot his own brother and nephew. The victims are 61-year-old Glenn Caldwell and 35-year-old Michael Caldwell. Crews transported them for treatment.

"He was holding his chest and you could also see blood on his leg," said Heather Keys.

Meanwhile, the suspect barricaded himself in the house. The stand-off lasted hours, and neighbors couldn't return home. Mike Reynolds couldn't get to his wife.

"I've called her about a hundred times...I can't get through," said Reynolds.

Tactical units tried negotiating with Caldwell to step-down, using non-flammable gas rounds to get the suspect to surrender.

By 7:15 p.m. Monday, nearly four hours after the first call to 911, the suspect made a drastic move by lighting his house on fire.

"You can't see the house from there because of the trees, but that's where his house is," said Keys.

Firefighters found Caldwell in the basement of his burning home with a pistol at his side - a wild end to an unpredictable day.

"It could have been much, much worse than what it was," said Sheriff Mike Brown.

Dennis Caldwell is charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony. And, according to Sheriff Brown, there are more charges to come.

Update: 11:38 p.m.

Bedford Co., VA - Sheriff Mike Brown, with the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, says the suspect, 55-year-old Dennis Caldwell is in custody.

He says that after the shooting, Caldwell barricaded himself in his home.

Then he says a fire started at the home.

Investigators are not sure how the fire started and are still investigating that.

Caldwell was inside in the basement, and Brown says he would have died if firefighters had not gotten to him.

Caldwell is now at UVA Medical Center getting treatment.

As for the two shooting victims, Brown says they are Caldwell's brother and nephew, 61-year-old Glenn Caldwell and 35-year-old Michael Caldwell.

Both are in critical condition at Roanoke Carilion Memorial Hospital.

Dennis Caldwell is charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Brown says more charges are pending.

Update: 8:17 p.m.

Bedford Co., VA - Authorities took into custody a Bedford County man who barricaded himself in his home after allegedly shooting two men on his front lawn.

Sheriff Mike Brown says that officers removed the man from his home about 7:30 p.m. Monday on Haven Heights Drive, near U.S. 460.

Brown said crews loaded him onto a stretcher for medical treatment for smoke inhalation from a fire at the home.

They didn't release the man's name.

Deputies arrived at the home several hours earlier and found two wounded men on the front lawn.

Brown said one had been shot in the stomach, the other in the thigh or hip.

Crews transported them to a nearby hospital.

Brown said the fire started after the county tactical weapons team surrounded the house.

There is a press conference slated for 9 p.m. We will bring you updates as we get them.

Update 5:20 p.m.

Neighbors say the suspect shot his brother and nephew Monday afternoon. They also believe the suspect barricaded himself in his home. Members of the SWAT team are on the scene.


Bedford Co., VA - Virginia State Police are on the scene of a shooting in Bedford Co., according to Sergeant Bob Carpenteri.

The shooting is Route 460/221 in subdivision Haven Heights behind Catron's Tire Service between Bedford and Thaxton.

Police have closed Route 460 in both directions.

An ABC 13 crew is on the way, and we'll bring you updates as they become available.