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Wythe County shooter sought

WYTHE COUNTY — A Barren Springs man was killed Tuesday in a shooting that left another man and a Pulaski County deputy wounded and sparked an ongoing manhunt for the shooting suspect.
According to Wythe County Chief Deputy Keith Dunagan, Joseph Foster Bane, 45, of 254 Dyer Road, was dead from a gunshot wound when police arrived on the scene of the Bane’s Wythe County residence around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. Bane was found lying on his front lawn and is alleged to have been shot by his neighbor, 57-year-old Douglas Albert Jaccard.
A manhunt for Jaccard in the Barren Springs area of Wythe and Pulaski counties commenced yesterday morning and is slated to resume today.
Jaccard also is suspected of shooting another Dyer Road resident, Jerry Covey, and Pulaski County Deputy Jamie Radcliffe, who responded to the scene.
Jaccard also is believed to have set fire to the Bane residence during the shooting. Reporters were not allowed to go to the shooting scene, but the house apparently was destroyed by the fire.
Bane’s wife, Sharon, had to be coaxed from the house through a bathroom window and was treated at an area hospital for smoke inhalation, police said.
Dunagan said the woman was holed up in the bathroom while the house was on fire, afraid to exit the home for fear of being shot by Jaccard.
Police said Covey was shot in an arm and was hospitalized at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Radcliffe received a three- to four-inch abrasion along his lower back when a bullet grazed along the bottom of his bullet-proof vest Tuesday, said Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis. Radcliffe was to be discharged this morning, after being held overnight at Pulaski Community Hospital for observation.
Although he would not speculate on a motive for the shootings, Dunagan said there is a history of conflicts between Jaccard and the Banes.
In fact, he said, both sides of the dispute allegedly have called police to their residences for complaints against one another. Monday is believed to be the most recent incident when police were called.
According to Dunagan, police apparently had no grounds to make an arrest upon responding to the earlier disputes.
He said the law has “somewhat tied” the hands of police in dealing with the conflicts.
Dunagan said Jaccard recently was released on bond after being incarcerated at New River Valley Regional Jail on charges stemming from one of the alleged disputes.
He said he believes Jaccard also was slated to be sentenced on a conviction in Wythe County Circuit Court today.
Dozens of officers from throughout Southwest Virginia joined local officers in searching a large section of Barren Springs for Jaccard, who apparently fled into the woods following the shooting. In addition to tactical teams, tracking dogs and a Virginia State Police helicopter also joined in the effort.
Rain and heavy fog grounded the helicopter during the afternoon hours, but the dogs and ground patrols continued their search until just after darkness, when it became too dangerous to stay in the woods.
Dunagan said Wythe County and Pulaski County sheriff’s offices, along with Virginia State Police, would double or triple normal patrols overnight in an effort to locate the suspect.
Officers could be heard over two-way radios throughout the night, checking properties and vehicles and responding to reports of suspicious activity.
So far, none of the reports of possible sightings has panned out.
During the ground searches, police found something in the woods that they believe belongs to Jaccard.
Although they would not say what the object was, Dunagan said it led police to believe Jaccard was headed north in the woods.
A Vietnam veteran, Jaccard apparently is familiar with the woods in that area and is capable of staying in there for an extended period of time, according to Dunagan.
Jaccard is considered to still be armed and dangerous.
Dunagan said police are not releasing information on the type of gun or ammunition used in the shooting.

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Wythe County shooter sought

WYTHE COUNTY — A Barren Springs man was killed Tuesday in a shooting that left another man and a Pulaski County deputy wounded and sparked an ongoing manhunt for the shooting suspect.
According to Wythe County Chief Deputy Keith Dunagan, Joseph Foster Bane, 45, of 254 Dyer Road, was dead from a gunshot wound when police arrived on the scene of the Bane’s Wythe County residence around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. Bane was found lying on his front lawn and is alleged to have been shot by his neighbor, 57-year-old Douglas Albert Jaccard.
A manhunt for Jaccard in the Barren Springs area of Wythe and Pulaski counties commenced yesterday morning and is slated to resume today.
Jaccard also is suspected of shooting another Dyer Road resident, Jerry Covey, and Pulaski County Deputy Jamie Radcliffe, who responded to the scene.
Jaccard also is believed to have set fire to the Bane residence during the shooting. Reporters were not allowed to go to the shooting scene, but the house apparently was destroyed by the fire.
Bane’s wife, Sharon, had to be coaxed from the house through a bathroom window and was treated at an area hospital for smoke inhalation, police said.
Dunagan said the woman was holed up in the bathroom while the house was on fire, afraid to exit the home for fear of being shot by Jaccard.
Police said Covey was shot in an arm and was hospitalized at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Radcliffe received a three- to four-inch abrasion along his lower back when a bullet grazed along the bottom of his bullet-proof vest Tuesday, said Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis. Radcliffe was to be discharged this morning, after being held overnight at Pulaski Community Hospital for observation.
Although he would not speculate on a motive for the shootings, Dunagan said there is a history of conflicts between Jaccard and the Banes.
In fact, he said, both sides of the dispute allegedly have called police to their residences for complaints against one another. Monday is believed to be the most recent incident when police were called.
According to Dunagan, police apparently had no grounds to make an arrest upon responding to the earlier disputes.
He said the law has “somewhat tied” the hands of police in dealing with the conflicts.
Dunagan said Jaccard recently was released on bond after being incarcerated at New River Valley Regional Jail on charges stemming from one of the alleged disputes.
He said he believes Jaccard also was slated to be sentenced on a conviction in Wythe County Circuit Court today.
Dozens of officers from throughout Southwest Virginia joined local officers in searching a large section of Barren Springs for Jaccard, who apparently fled into the woods following the shooting. In addition to tactical teams, tracking dogs and a Virginia State Police helicopter also joined in the effort.
Rain and heavy fog grounded the helicopter during the afternoon hours, but the dogs and ground patrols continued their search until just after darkness, when it became too dangerous to stay in the woods.
Dunagan said Wythe County and Pulaski County sheriff’s offices, along with Virginia State Police, would double or triple normal patrols overnight in an effort to locate the suspect.
Officers could be heard over two-way radios throughout the night, checking properties and vehicles and responding to reports of suspicious activity.
So far, none of the reports of possible sightings has panned out.
During the ground searches, police found something in the woods that they believe belongs to Jaccard.
Although they would not say what the object was, Dunagan said it led police to believe Jaccard was headed north in the woods.
A Vietnam veteran, Jaccard apparently is familiar with the woods in that area and is capable of staying in there for an extended period of time, according to Dunagan.
Jaccard is considered to still be armed and dangerous.
Dunagan said police are not releasing information on the type of gun or ammunition used in the shooting.

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