"We haven't been told anything;" Grandmother of shooting suspect pleads to see him
AMHERST Co., Va. (WSET) -- State Police said they have placed charges against a man after two shootings in Amherst County over the weekend, involving a deputy.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and at the request of the Amherst County Sheriff's Office, State Police's Appomattox Field Office is investigating the shooting of an Amherst County Sheriff deputy and an officer-involved shooting that happened during a traffic stop at the Monroe Post Office around 11:30 p.m. Friday.
The Amherst County Sheriff's Office said during the course of the traffic stop, a passenger in the vehicle pulled out a gun and shot one deputy in the head.
Another deputy returned fire, hitting the suspect.
While Ewers is being treated for non-life threatening injuries from a gunshot wound, his grandmother, Deborah Bennett, is doing whatever she can to see her grandson.
"We haven't been told anything, we haven't been told what the extent of his injuries were, we haven't been told his condition," said Bennett.
She said she was not able to see her Grandson since Saturday.
"I've been waiting patiently to at least see that he's alive and breathing, but they don't seem to care," explained Bennett. "We haven't been able to talk to the doctors, we haven't been able to ask questions to the hospital staff, the authorities, they won't tell us anything."
It's not up to Centra when the suspect's family can see him, the Blue Ridge Regional Jail said that since he's charged with felonies, he is in police custody, even if he is at the hospital.
For now, Ewers' family won't be able to see him, but Bennett remains hopeful.
"I'm hoping someone will have compassion and let us see our grandson, please I'm asking for that," said Bennett.
State Police has now charged the passenger, Trevor Ewers, 22, of Monroe with one count of malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer, one county of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Ewers is still being treated at Lynchburg General for non-life threatening injuries.