Lee County homicide investigation leads to Norton, VA; Officers search apartment


Norton Police Department chief James Lane confirmed to News Channel 11 new details in a homicide case. 

Chief Lane says Norton dispatchers received a tip this morning about a vehicle in the Holly Court area — matching the description of the suspect’s car. 

Police responded and said they noticed a man matching the suspect’s description. The man is currently being interviewed by Virginia State Police.  

Chief Lane told News Channel 11 officers obtained a search warrant to search an apartment the man reportedly came out of this morning. 

So far, no arrests have been made. 

State police identified the homicide victim as 34-year-old Lee David Lipps of Pennington Gap.

Virginia State Police described the suspect as between the age of 25 to 30 years of age. The suspect is said to be possibly a medium build black man, with a beard, and short hair.

The suspect was said to be driving a 2003 or a 2004 Toyota Avalon with a temporary paper license plate.  

Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons said a call came in around 7:28 PM from someone who said he’d been shot at his home in the 100 block of Virginia Avenue in Pennington Gap.

When deputies arrived they found Lipps had been shot and he was taken to Lonesome Pine Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The victim’s remains were transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for an autopsy. 

VSP is asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact them at 276-228-3131 or questions@vsp.virginia.gov. 

News Channel 11 is following this story. We’ll have a live report beginning on the news at 5:00 p.m. 

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