6:40 p.m. UPDATE: Scott County Sheriff Chris Holder confirmed Wednesday that Timothy Manuel, 28, of Bristol, Virginia, has been shot and killed, ending the manhunt in the Hiltons community.

No law enforcement officers were injured in the incident, according to authorities.

The Virginia State Police is investigating.


3:10 p.m. UPDATE: The assistant superintendent of Scott County Schools said parents who reside in the Hiltons area need to pick up their children from schools as buses will not be running in that area due to an ongoing manhunt. There will be an officer at the schools until the very last student is picked up, the assistant superintendent said.


HILTONS, Va. -- Multiple agencies are responding to the Roberts Creek Road area in Hiltons for an active manhunt, according to authorities.

Scott County Sheriff Chris Holder said that a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop this morning along Roberts Creek Road when an unidentified suspect shot at the deputy with a rifle and fled the scene on foot.

Holder said authorities consider the suspect armed and dangerous and are encouraging residents to lock their doors and stay inside. The department issued a reverse 911 alert to warn area residents of the situation.

The suspect is described as a white male, middle-aged, medium-build, wearing a white shirt and jeans. Holder said the man has tattoos on his neck.

The sheriff said he is unsure of where the suspect is from, but the tags on the suspect's car were from out of state. He would not provide a description of the car.

Mavis Hutton, who lives across the street from the scene, said she was woken up by the sound of sirens heading down Roberts Creek Road this morning.

She said has lived in the Hiltons area for most of her life and said she has never seen anything like this in this "small, quiet" community.

Roberts Creek Road is a heavily-wooded area off of Bristol Highway that runs along the Holston River. The road is less than 5 miles from Hiltons Elementary School.

The road is currently blocked off and the school is under a soft lockdown as a precaution. Students are not believed to be in any immediate danger, Jason Smith assistant superintendent of Scott County Public Schools said.

Under a soft lockdown a school resource officer has been stationed at the elementary school and while children and faculty are allowed to go about their regular schedules within the school, no one is allowed outside. Holder said he believes there is also a second officer at the school from the Gate City Police Department as a precaution.

The Scott County Sheriff's Office, Washington County Virginia Sheriff's Office, Bristol Virginia Police and Virginia State Police are on scene. A Virginia State Police helicopter, armored vehicle and K-9 unit are also present.

Bristol Virginia Police Capt. Maynard Ratcliff said the department provided their armored Bearcat vehicle and that he is not aware of any injuries to officers. Washington County Virginia Sheriff Fred Newman said his office has around 14 officers present, including the SWAT team.

Holder said that other departments have also offered their assistance.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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