Following a pursuit by Virginia State Police troopers and a deputy from the Bland County Sheriff’s Office, a suspect wanted out of North Carolina on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder and being a person of interest in a different murder case was apprehended Thursday in Bland County after crashing his car.
According to Corinne N. Geller, the Virginia State Police’s director of public relations, Brandon A. Amos-Dixon, 25, of Spring Lake, North Carolina, has been charged by the Virginia State Police with being a fugitive from justice, assaulting a police officer, eluding the police, and reckless driving. Amos-Dixon is held without bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail.
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In a statement released following Amos-arrest, Dixon’s Geller said that just before 6 a.m. on Thursday, the Virginia State Police and the Bland County Sheriff’s Office received a tip regarding “a homicide suspect” who was parked at the northbound rest area on Interstate 77 in Bland County, Virginia. State police officers and a deputy approached the pickup vehicle driven by Amos-Dixon in the parking lot of the rest facility, but the pickup drove off and went north on I-77.
The offender rammed a state police car while being pursued, according to Geller. The trooper sustained no harm. Exiting I-77 at Exit 64, Amos-vehicle Dixon’s drove west on Route 61 until it crashed in the 1000 block of Clear Fork Creek Road. He then walked away from the area. Locals were told to shelter in place and dial 911 if they spotted anyone odd as soon as a search perimeter was set up.
According to a notice posted by the Bland County Sheriff’s Office, the Amos-Dixon was armed and dangerous. As a precaution, Bland County Schools were closed while deputies and troopers scoured the area. In North Carolina’s Harnett County, Amos-Dixon is desired. Amos-Dixon was wanted in the county, according to Sgt. S. Elmore of the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office, on charges of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon intended to kill or seriously injure, and ten counts of firing a gun into an occupied building.
According to Elmore, Amos-Dixon is also a person of interest in a murder investigation taking place in another North Carolina county. Elmore opted not to mention the country. Amos-Dixon was apprehended and found near Laurel Creek Road in Bland County at around 11:39 a.m. According to Geller, the Bland County Sheriff’s Office was taking him to jail.