UPDATE: Police ID Suspect Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting in Giles Co.

UPDATE: 5:18 p.m.

Pearisburg, VA - State police have released more information about an officer-involved shooting in Pearisburg over the weekend.

State Police say Jonathan Robertson, 32, was the suspect in a robbery that happened early Friday morning in Narrows.

While they were serving warrants on Robertson Saturday afternoon in Pearisburg, they say he fired at officers.They shot back, killing him.

A passenger in Robertson's car when the shootout took place has been taken into custody.

Two other men have been arrested and charged in connection with Friday's robbery.


Giles Co., VA- State Police have released the name of a suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting Saturday.

On Saturday a Virginia State Police special agent was assisting the Giles County Sheriff's Office with an investigation into the robbery and shooting of a Giles County man that had occurred early Friday morning. During the course of that investigation, the special agent and a Giles County sheriff's deputy were traveling along Fletchers Mountain Road when they encountered the main suspect in Friday's incident, 32-year-old Jonathan V. Robertson of Narrows.

Robertson had stopped his Chevrolet S-10 pickup across the roadway forcing the law enforcement officers to stop. When the special agent and deputy identified themselves as law enforcement, Robertson displayed a weapon and began shooting at the law enforcement officers. The special agent and deputy returned fire.

Robertson's passenger, a man from Giles County, bailed out of the pickup truck as Robertson fled from the scene. The passenger was not injured and was taken into custody by the Giles County Sheriff's Office. He is currently being held without bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail on charges related to Friday's robbery and shooting incident.

Robertson continued down Fletchers Mountain Road and crossed over a stinger-spike strip that had been deployed across the road by the sheriff's office. Despite the flat tires from the spike strip, the pickup truck continued another 75 yards to Narrows Road where there was another exchange of gunfire between Robertson and sheriff's deputies.

Robertson again fled the scene in his pickup until he ran off the road on Thomas Drive in the Town of Pearisburg. Robertson again fired at deputies and Town of Pearisburg Police, who returned fire.

Robertson was transported to Giles Memorial Hospital and was then flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he died shortly thereafter. His remains were taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy.

No law enforcement personnel were injured at any of the shooting scenes.

In accordance with each agency's policy, the personnel involved in the shootings from the Giles County Sheriff's Office, Town of Pearisburg Police Department and Virginia State Police have been placed on administrative leave with pay.

The incident remains under investigation by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Wytheville Field Office's Police Shooting Investigative Team, with the assistance of the Giles County Sheriff's Office and Town of Pearisburg Police Department.


Giles Co., VA - Virginia State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left a man dead Saturday afternoon.

According to State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller, the Giles County Sheriff's Department and State Police were conducting a criminal investigation around 4:35 p.m. when a man confronted the officers. The situation escalated to the point where shots were fired, Geller said.

The man fled the scene and a chase began, where more shots were fired after the man stopped. The man then began to flee the officers again, stopping on Thomas Drive in Pearisburg, where more shots were fired.

Geller says the man was killed. His passenger was not injured.

No officers were injured in the shooting.

The man's body has been send to the Medical Examiner's office in Roanoke for autopsy.

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