PEARISBURG, Va. — A formal investigation continues by the Virginia State Police into a Giles County shootout between a robbery suspect and police officers that fatally wounded the suspect on Saturday.
A VSP special agent was assisting the Giles County Sheriff's Office with an investigation into the robbery and shooting of a Giles County man on Friday. The special agent and a Giles County deputy encountered the suspect, Jonathan V. Robertson, 32, of Narrows.
Police say Robertson had stopped his small pickup truck across a roadway. When the special agent and deputy identified themselves, police say Robertson brandished a firearm and opened fire, and the two officers returned fire.
A passenger in Robertson's vehicle, an unidentified adult male from Giles County, bailed out of the truck as Robertson fled the scene. The passenger was unhurt and taken into custody on charges related to Friday's robbery and shooting incident.
According to the VSP, 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. The VSP said the truck continued another 75 yards to Narrows Road where there was another exchange of gunfire between Robertson and deputies.
The VSP said Robertson again fled the scene in his truck until he ran off the road on Thomas Drive in the town of Pearisburg. Robertson again fired at deputies and Pearisburg police officers who returned fire.
A mortally wounded Robertson was transported to Giles Memorial Hospital, then airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he died shortly after. No law enforcement personnel were injured at any of the shooting sites.
In accordance with each agency's policy, all personnel involved in the shootings from the Giles County Sheriff's Office, Pearisburg Police Department and VSP have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the conclusion of the investigation. All shooting incidents involving law enforcement personnel are routinely investigated and assessed.