State Trooper fired upon, uninjured in South Hill; suspect charged

One man has been charged and police continue to search for others they believe were involved in an early morning shooting incident Thursday in South Hill.

An off-duty Virginia State Trooper was fired upon during the incident and a 9mm handgun believed to have been used has been recovered. The trooper was uninjured.

Around 1 a.m. on Thursday morning, a Virginia State Trooper who resides on Northington St. in South Hill exited his home to “check on several suspicious individuals seen outside his residence.”

According to a press release issued by South Hill Police Department on Thursday afternoon, “as the trooper approached the subjects and before he could identify himself as a trooper, one of the subjects fired several shots at him.”

Also around 1 a.m., just blocks away, South Hill Police Corporal C.B. Fleming was conducting business checks in the area of E. Atlantic and Hammer streets when he heard three or four gunshots fired. Additional officers were called to the area immediately. They were notified moments later by Mecklenburg County Emergency 911 dispatchers of the incident occurring at the trooper’s residence on Northington Street.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s deputies responded to assist South Hill police already in the area, with establishing a search perimeter around the location.

Fleming located one subject, identified as Ja’Kai Simmons, 22, of South Hill in a wooded area along E. Ferrell Street. According to South Hill Police Department, Fleming  “gave verbal commands to the subject, but he ran deeper into the woods.”

A Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s K-9 team was deployed, which resulted in the discovery of several pieces of evidence, including a 9mm handgun.

Simmons was located later Thursday morning at an apartment in the 800 block of Powell Drive. He was taken into custody without incident. He has been charged with possessing a firearm by a convicted felon, with additional charges pending.  He was transported to Meherrin River Regional Jail in Alberta.

No law enforcement returned fire during the course of the incident.

Authorities are still looking for other individuals believed connected to the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call the South Hill Police Department at 434-447-3104 or Mecklenburg County Crime Solvers at 1-877-676-8477.


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