UPDATE: Two Killed in Shooting on Rio Mills Road

By: Jessica Cunnington; Chris Stover; Frankie Jupiter Email
By: Jessica Cunnington; Chris Stover; Frankie Jupiter Email

December 27, 2012


Albemarle County police are now saying the standoff on Rio Mills Road Wednesday was muder-suicide.

Police say 44-year-old Frank Davis, Jr. of Rochelle and 50-year-old James "Sonny" Marshall of Albemarle County were killed.

Police were called to the scene after reports came in of an argument, and that one man had a gun. When police arrived, they found Davis armed inside a garage. Davis pointed a rifle at the officers, and then one officer fired at Davis.

Police say a SWAT team then arrived to assist, and They used a special piece of equipment known as a tactical camera to view inside the home. They found Marshall dead inside the garage. Soon after, they found Davis dead also, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Albemarle County Chief of Police Steve Sellers said there was no risk to the area. "In terms of community safety and awareness, we had confirmation that we didn't believe the community was at risk," said Sellers.

Police are continuing their investigation.


December 26, 2012

Police officers remained on the scene of a home Wednesday night on Rio Mills Road in northern Albemarle County, where an apparent hostage situation took place for much of the afternoon.

By nightfall, police said the conflict was resolved and there is no threat to the community.

Police camped out in front of a home on Rio Mills Road for several hours, beginning around noon Wednesday, after a 911 call reported a man was standing over another man with a gun.

When police first arrived, one officer fired a shot in the direction of the man with the gun. Virginia State Police will investigate why that shot was fired, as per protocol.

After the shot was fired, the suspect and the other man went inside the home.

Police secured the scene around 6 p.m. Wednesday, but did not give any details about how the situation was resolved.

Wednesday night, police stayed on the scene to collect evidence. Albemarle County Police spokeswoman Carter Johnson says they're confident with where they are in the investigation.

"A scene like this is complex, and there are a lot of different pieces and people who work together to make sure that we're doing our part to make sure we have all the evidence collected and we've done everything in the investigation to determine exactly what happened," she said.

Albemarle County Police have not released the names of the suspect or the man who was inside the home with him. Johnson said they're first working with those involved and affected by the situation before releasing more information.

Police say they will hold a press conference Thursday to update the investigation.

A police investigation closed parts of Rio Mills Road in northern Albemarle County after receiving two 911 calls involving a gunman on the 2500 block of the road.

Police arrived on the scene to find a man with a gun standing over another man on the ground. Shots were fired by Albemarle County Police in the direction of the suspect but the two men were able to get inside a building at 2525 Rio Mills Road.

Over 35 police officers manned the property and surrounding area for the entire afternoon into the night. Albemarle County Police brought in a Crisis Negotiator Team as well as SWAT, Greene and Charlottesville police to help at the scene and with traffic.

Crisis negotiators have been trying to establish negotiations with the suspect who is believed to be barricaded with the other male inside the building. The police said they would continue to wait for some sort of response or contact from the suspect inside and if not, they could be forced to enter the building.

At around 6:30 p.m. Albemarle County Police declared that the scene is secure and there is no longer a threat to the community. They also re-opened Rio Mills Road to traffic..

Police have not yet released the name of the suspect, or said how the scene was secured.

They plan to give more details about the incident on Thursday morning.

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