Breaking news out of Cumberland County, where VSP says a state trooper and a suspect have been killed in a shooting incident Monday. A statement from VSP Spokesperson Corinne Geller says that Trooper Lucas Dowell was a member of the VSP Special Tactical Team that was assisting the Piedmont Regional Drug and Gang Task Force with executing a search warrant at a home in the 1500 block of Cumberland Road.Route 45. That’s just north of the Town of Farmville limits. The Tactical Team had made entry into the residence shortly before 10 p.m. Monday when an adult male inside the residence began shooting at them. The Tactical Team members returned fire, fatally wounding the male suspect.
Trooper Dowell was transported to Southside Community Hospital in Farmville where he succumbed to his injuries. Trooper Dowell becomes the Department’s 66th line of duty death. The Chilhowie, Va. native graduated the Virginia State Police’s 122nd Basic Session in November 2014. Since graduation he has been assigned to the Virginia State Police Appomattox Division; his latest assignment was on patrol in Area 20, which encompasses the City of Lynchburg, and Amherst and Campbell counties. He was also a memnber of the Appomattox Division SWAT Team.