UPDATE ( 3:30 p.m.)- Scott County, Virginia Sheriff Chris Holder has identified the man at the center of an ongoing manhunt in the Hiltons area.
Sheriff Holder said deputies are searching for a man named Timothy Manuel.
According to Holder, deputies initially tried to pull Manuel over Wednesday morning for suspicion of DUI.
Holder said when deputies were finally able to stop Manuel, he got out of the car, threatening and swearing at deputies.
The Sheriff added that “shots were fired…the suspect ran away from the car and into the field, knelt down and took aim at the deputy again with the rifle, by that time deputies were almost to him on scene and the subject fled into the woods.”
Sheriff Holder said they’ve had several nearby agencies come in to aid in the search.
As of Wednesday afternoon, authorities were still searching for the suspect who they considered armed and dangerous.
Sheriff Holder said they planning to search as long as it takes for this suspect.
UPDATE (11:30 a.m.): Scott County Sheriff Chris Holder spoke to the media just before 11:30 a.m. and gave a better description of the suspect they are looking for.
While Sheriff Holder said thet are not releasing a name at this time he did say they are looking for a whit middle-aged male, with tattoos on his neck.
The sheriff added that Hiltons Elementary school is still on lockdown as authorities continue to search from the air and on the ground for this suspect.
Stay with News Channel 11 as we continue to follow the latest developments.
UPDATE (9:55 a.m.): Scott County Sheriff Chris Holder has released more details about an manhunt underway in the county.
Holder told News Channel 11 that this is a dangerous situation. He’s asking everyone living near Roberts Creek Road to stay in their houses for the time being.
A Reverse 911 has also been sent out.
According to Holder, a Virginia State Police airplane has been requested to help in the search.
Hiltons Elementary is also under a lockdown. Holder said that’s a “precaution” since the school is several miles away from the active scene.
According to Bristol, Va. Police Captain Maynard Ratcliff, the department is also responding. Several officers and the department’s armored vehicle is at the search.
Stay with News Channel 11 on air and online for the latest in this developing story.
ORIGINAL STORY: Scott County deputies are searching for a suspect accused of firing a weapon at law enforcement.
According to Chief Deputy Pete Chambers, a suspect fired shots at deputies with a rifle during a chase Wednesday morning.
Chambers says the last known location of the chase was on Roberts Creek Road in Scott County.
Hilton Elementary School is currently on lockdown while law enforcment officers search for the suspect.
According to Washington County, Va. Sheriff Fred Newman, his deputies were requested to help in the search several miles from the county line.
Newman said a SWAT team from his office was responding.
This is a developing story. Check for updates both on air and online at WJHL.com.