DICKENSON COUNTY, VA (WJHL) – Authorities have identified a suspect who allegedly shot three family members in Southwest Virginia Tuesday morning.
According to authorities, 52-year-old Jamie Sykes, opened fire on his wife and in-laws around 9:00 a.m. on Robbins Lane in the Rose Ridge area of Dickenson County. Police say Sykes shot his wife, Teresa and her parents David and Glenna Robbins.
Shortly after the shooting, Sykes barricaded himself inside his home on Hill Ridge Drive. The Dickenson County Sheriff’s Office called Virginia State Police for tactical assistance.
VSP reported Sykes was arrested peacefully shortly before the lunch hour. Eddy Fleming is a neighbor who lives a few houses down from the shooting suspect. He was surprised to learn that someone he knows would be involved with this shooting.
“He came up here and scraped my driveway and cleaned it out in the winter time, took care of my mailboxes and never charged me a dime,” Eddy Fleming said.
Authorities say the victims were found outside of the suspect’s in-law’s home on Robbins Lane. One of the victims was found outside of the house while the other two were found inside.
“It appears to be a domestic situation. At this time, it’s under investigation by the Dickenson County Sheriff’s office and they are being aided in this operation by the Virginia State Police bureau of investigation,”
At this time authorities do not know a motive. Sykes has been charged with attempted murder and assault. He is currently being held at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Haysi.
The three victims were taken to Holston Valley Medical Center. A representative with the hospital tells us that Teresa Sykes is in serious condition, David Robbins is in fair condition, and Glenna Robins is in Critical Condition.
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DICKENSON COUNTY, VA (WJHL) – Authorities told News Channel 11 a nearby school is on lockdown and a suspect is barricaded in a home after three people were shot this morning in Dickenson County, VA.
According to Dickenson County, VA EMA Director Richard Thacker, three people were shot around 9:00 a.m. Thacker said the shootings happened in the Rose Ridge Area of Dickenson County.
Ridgeview Middle and High Schools are on lockdown. Since students are out for the summer it’s mostly employees and staff, but people in the building are locked in.
Earlier this morning, two helicopters transported patients to the hospital. It’s not known at this time how seriously they were injured.
EMA Director Thacker told News Channel 11 he wants people to avoid the Hill Ridge/ Rose Ridge area due to congestion of law enforcement.
Virginia State Police is assisting Dickenson County Sheriff’s Office.
News Channel 11 is following this story. We’ll post more details as soon as we get more information.
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