BRISTOL, Va. — A manhunt concluded Saturday night with the arrest of a man wanted on murder charges in Washington County.
Roger Melvin Tackett, 44, of Clintwood, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Bruce Douglas Ferguson, 46, of the Benhams community. Ferguson was shot at a home on Lime Hill Road, just off Rich Valley Road, on Friday morning. He died late Friday and charges were upgraded against Tackett, who fled from the scene before police arrived.
Tackett also faces charges of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and felon in possession of a firearm.
Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman said law enforcement officers arrested Tackett at 10:40 p.m. at a residence in the Clinchburg section of the county. Newman said Sheriff’s Office detectives followed up on leads, which lead to Tackett’s arrest. He was taken into custody without incident, but Newman provided no other details on how the man was located.
Earlier in the day on Saturday, Maj. Byron Ashbrook said authorities had been working diligently searching for Tackett since Friday morning. The department’s criminal investigation division, patrol division, warrants division, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Virginia State Police had been looking for Tackett, who authorities described as armed and extremely dangerous, Ashbrook said.
Ashbrook said a number of surrounding jurisdictions also assisted in the search, looking anywhere Tackett had ties.
“Our CID was out until 3 a.m. and came back out today,” Ashbrook said Saturday. “They are working extremely hard.”
A number of K-9 units and helicopters were also utilized during the search.
The U.S. Marshals Service, which provides resources and manpower, had issued a $1,000 reward for information leading to Tackett’s arrest.
At 8:38 a.m. Friday, police received a call about a person with a gunshot wound at a home on Lime Hill Road. Ashbrook confirmed neither Tackett nor Ferguson resided at the home. He said both men knew the resident.
When deputies arrived, they located Ferguson, who suffered from a gunshot wound and was transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center, where he died Friday night. Tackett had fled the scene, but was identified by witnesses, Ashbrook said.
Ashbrook said it appears the shooting is drug-related and involved two men who were arguing about a woman. He added that it appears there was no confrontation at the home prior to the shooting.
Both Ferguson and Tackett have a criminal history in Southwest Virginia. Tackett’s charges and convictions are reported in Bristol, Washington County, Russell County, Wise County and Dickenson County.
In 2016, Russell County authorities arrested Tackett on two counts of felony assault of a police officer and disorderly conduct. He was found guilty in 2017, records reveal in Russell County Circuit Court.