VSP: Trooper from Chilhowie shot, killed during drug raid in Farmville

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) - Virginia State Police confirms Chilhowie native and police trooper Lucas Dowell was shot and killed during a drug raid in Cumberland County, Virginia. The shooting happened just before 10:00 p.m. on Monday near the Farmville line. 

Dowell, a tactical team member, was assisting the Piedmont Regional Drug and Gang Task Force execute a search warrant at a home on the 1500 block of Cumberland Road when a suspect outside the home started shooting at authorities. 

Trooper Dowell was shot and transported to Southside Community Hospital in Farmville, where he died of his injuries.

The suspect, 44-year-old Corey Johnson was also killed when police returned fire. Johnson's remains have been taken to the medical examiner's office in Richmond for an autopsy. According to VSP, Johnson was the only suspect inside the home at the time of the shooting.  

VSP says the search warrant that officers were executing was part of an ongoing narcotics investigation. 

No other troopers were injured during this shooting.

The two troopers who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave, per police policy according to VSP. 

Dowell graduated the Virginia State Police’s 122nd Basic Session in November 2014.

He was a member of the Appomattox Division Tactical Team - the equivalent of a SWAT Team. He is survived by his parents and a sister.

“This is an extremely difficult day for the State Police,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police superintendent. “We are humbled by Lucas’ selfless sacrifice and grateful for his dedicated service to the Commonwealth. He will forever be remembered by his State Police Family for his great strength of character, tenacity, valor, loyalty and sense of humor.”

This is the Department's 66th line of duty death. Funeral arrangements are pending, according to VSP. 

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