UPDATE: Police Monday afternoon suspended the manhunt for Steven Dale Branscome after failing to locate him in the Indian Valley area of Floyd County. The search is now being coordinated out of the Floyd County sheriff’s office and the roadblocks have been taken town.
A massive police manhunt was underway earlier in Indian Valley as well as other parts of Virginia and West Virginia for Branscome (right), a Floyd County man accused of shooting a Virginia State Trooper along with collection of other crimes.
If you see this man or know where he is, contact the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department at (540) 745-9334. Do not approach him or attempt to detain him yourself. He is armed, desperate and extremely dangerous. He has told people that he will not go back to jail and that usually means he will not be taken down without a fight.
Reports Shawna Morrison of The Roanoke Times:
A man who police suspect of shooting a Virginia State Police trooper, stealing guns and a string of vehicles, and threatening to kill at least one person, was spotted in Floyd County on Sunday morning but continued to elude police into the night.
The search for Steven Dale Branscome, 32, was concentrated Sunday on a stretch of farmland around Indian Valley Elementary School, where police from at least 16 agencies had set up a command center and many planned on spending the night.
Shortly before 10:30 a.m. Sunday, an investigator with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office spotted the pickup truck that Branscome was suspected of stealing Saturday in Kellysville, W.Va., state police Sgt. Bob Carpentieri said.
The investigator contacted a state trooper who was in the area, and the pair followed the truck — which still bore the West Virginia license plates that police had told drivers to be on the lookout for Sunday — onto Indian Creek Road.
The truck pulled into a driveway and the driver jumped out and ran into a wooded area, Carpentieri said. He said the Floyd County investigator was familiar with Branscome and recognized him.
Seems like too many Floyd Countians lately are getting into trouble with the law, from the man who stole a Jeep Wrangler from a car dealership in Montgomery County and killed a motorcyclist in a Christiansburg hit-and-run to another who used his car to run down an employee of Slaughter’s grocery in the store parking lot and who is also a prime suspect in a hit-and-run death of a lawyer in Roanoke County. And let’s not forget a Floyd woman facing charges in Patrick County for allegedly feeding her 10-year-old son Viagra before having sex with him.
Floyd is getting a reputation far beyond Bluegrass music, The Friday Night Jamboree and an arts and crafts community. They say there’s no such thing as bad publicity. I’d say recent news out of the county disputes that.
(Photo courtesy of The Roanoke Times)