Norton Police have confirmed to The Mountain Eagle that Police Chief James Lane has been taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds and is in stable condition following a confrontation with an active shooter at a shopping plaza in the city.
Chuck Slemp, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Wise County and the City of Norton, Va., said in a prepared statement that there is no longer a threat to the public.
“On behalf of Mayor Joseph Fawbush, the City Council, the city employees, and our entire community, I respectfully ask that you join me in prayer for Chief Lane and his family,” Slemp wrote on his official Facebook Page. “There is no ongoing threat to the public at this time.”
It is not clear whether there were other casualties, or what happened to the shooter.
We will have more details later.