Deputy Sheriff William Ezra Stiltner Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office Virginia End of Watch: Sunday, March 13, 2011

Photograph: Deputy Sheriff William Ezra StiltnerPatch image: Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff William Ezra Stiltner
Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office
Virginia

End of Watch: Sunday, March 13, 2011

Biographical Info
Age: 46
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Sunday, March 13, 2011
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Deputy Sheriff William Stiltner and Deputy Sheriff Cameron Justus were shot and killed after responding to assist other deputies who had been fired at by a sniper at the scene of a larceny in progress call.
Two deputies from the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a larceny in progress at a car service business in Vansant. When they arrived they began to search for the larceny suspect, when they were shot by from a distance by a suspect with a rifle. Both deputies were able to radio for assistance and crawl to a nearby home to take cover from the sniper.
Deputy Stiltner and Deputy Justus, along with members of the Virginia State Police responded to assist. As a perimeter was being established to contain and search for the shooter, Deputy Justus and William Stiltner were shot and killed by a high-powered rifle.
The suspect fled from a nearby ridge where he had been firing from into the woods. He was located standing in from of a nearby house talking on a mobile phone. The suspect was shot and killed after he refused orders to get on the ground and then drew a handgun on officers.
Deputy Stiltner had served with the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years.

Agency Contact Information
Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office
PO Box 970
Grundy, VA 24614
Phone: (276) 935-2567
Please contact the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

GRUNDY, Va. — Two deputies remain in serious condition following the Sunday afternoon shootout in Vansant that left two more Buchanan County officers dead.
Buchanan County Sheriff’s Deputies William Ezra Stiltner, 46, of Maxie and Cameron Neil Justice, 41, of Hurley were both shot and killed when responding to a call for back up after reports came in that two other sheriff’s deputies had been shot while responding to a possible larceny in progress call near Grundy Wrecker Service, LLC and Roger’s Convenience Market.
The shooter was identified as Randy Gilbert Newberry, 52, of Vansant, Sgt. Steve E. Lowe, a public information officer with the Virginia State Police, said. Newberry was shot and killed after being tracked through the woods to a residence around two miles down Deskins Road from where the incident took place.
The two deputies who responded to the initial call from the owner of Grundy Wrecker remain in critical condition at two hospitals in Tennessee.
Buchanan County Sheriff Ray Foster said Deputy Eric Dwayne Rasnake, 32, of Jewell Ridge remains in ICU at the Bristol Regional Medical Center. Rasnake is on a respirator while Deputy Shane Earl Charles, 25, of Maxie is at the Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn. Rasnake and Charles had responded to the original call and were shot while investigating the property where the larceny was said to be taking place.
Foster thanked all of the state police and deputies from the Tazewell, Wise, and Scott County sheriff’s departments for their aid as well as the local fire department and EMS workers for their help.
A prayer vigil will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at the courthouse in Grundy with several area churches open for grief counseling.

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