Bedford County deputies seize multiple guns at checkpoints


THE BEDFORD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WANTED POTENTIAL CRIMINALS TO KNOW THEY SEE THEM. THAT’S WHY NEARLY 30 DEPUTIES, TROOPERS AND A- B-C AGENTS MADE THEIR PRESENCE KNOWN LAST WEEKEND. WSLS 10’S ANGELA HATCHER IS LIVE OUTSIDE THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE TONIGHT… WHERE SHE JUST GOT THE RESULTS OF THAT EFFORT. ANGELA, THIS IS NOT A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE EXPECT THIS SORT OF ACTIVITY. THAT’S WHAT GOT MY ATTENTION. THIS CHECKPOINT WAS AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE LAKE VISTA NEIGHBORHOOD. IT’S NICE. IT’S QUIET. IT’S NOT SOMEWHERE YOU HEAR GUNSHOTS. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE DIDN’T WANT THINGS TO GO ANY FARTHER. TWO BEDFORD COUNTY DEPUTIES HAD A CAR STOPPED AT THE INTERSECTION OF GRAVES MILL AND VISTA CENTER DRIVE FRIDAY NIGHT… 18:26:53 MAJOR RICKY GARDNER/BCSO – “WHILE THEY WERE OUT TALKING TO THE PEOPLE WHO WAS IN THE CAR THEY HEARD FIVE GUNSHOTS RING OUT FROM THE RESTAURANT.” MAJOR RICKY GARDNER TELLS US THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE RUNNING TO THEIR CARS, OUTSIDE THE HILLS RESTAURANT, THOSE DEPUTIES HAD TROUBLE GETTING THROUGH THE CROWD. 18:27:15 MAJOR RICKY GARDNER/BCSO – “ONCE THEY WERE ABLE TO GET IN THE PARKING LOT THEY FOUND FIVE 9 MM CARTRIDGE CASINGS NEAR THE FRONT DOOR IN THE PARKING LOT ON THE SIDEWALK.” THE MAJOR SAYS A D-J FROM ATLANTA HAD ATTRACTED PARTY GOERS FROM AS NEARBY AS LYNCHBURG, AND AS FAR AWAY AS ROANOKE, DANVILLE, AND GREENSBORO. THAT SAME D-J WAS SCHEDULED TO SPIN THERE AGAIN THE NEXT NIGHT. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE THOUGHT SAME CROWD… SAME PROBLEMS… AND THE POTENTIAL FOR RETALIATION. 18:31:48 MAJOR RICKY GARDNER/BCSO – “FRIDAY NIGHT PRIOR TO THE GUNSHOTS THEY DID SEE SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS IN THE PARKING LOT FLASHING GANG SIGNS AND HAVING CLOTHING ON THAT INDICATED THAT THEY WERE POSSIBLY MEMBERS OF GANGS IN WHICH AGAIN DISTURBED US IMMENSELY.” ENOUGH TO SET UP A CHECKPOINT SATURDAY… NETTING 7 DRUG ARRESTS. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEIZED THREE 9 MM HANDGUNS NO ONE WANTED TO CLAIM. THE CROWD SIZE WAS A TENTH OF WHAT IT WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE, ACCORDING TO THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE… AFTER WORD GOT OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA THE COPS WERE THERE. GARDNER DOESN’T KNOW IF THEY STAYED HOME OR KEPT ON TO SOMEWHERE ELSE… BUT THEY DON’T WANT THE TROUBLE HERE. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS IT WAS UPFRONT WITH LAKE VISTA NEIGHBORS WHO ASKED WHAT WAS GOING ON WHEN THEY WERE STOPPED. THE OFFICE ALSO SENT OUT AN ALERT TO PEOPLE LIVING IN THE AREA. AND YOU’RE REMINDED IF YOU LIVE ANYWHERE IN BEDFORD COUNTY YOU CAN SIGN UP TO GET ALERTS ON YOUR HOME OR CELL PHONE THROUGH THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE WEBSITE LIVE IN BEDFORD COUNTY, ANGELA HATCHER, WSLS 10. ROANOKE POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *