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Police continue manhunt for shooter

WYTHE COUNTY — Tactical teams from throughout Southwest Virginia gathered at a Barren Springs area church again this morning to begin a third day of searching for a man wanted in the shooting death of his neighbor.
Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis said this morning that the search would be expanded into Pulaski County today, in the area from Max Creek to the Boy Scout camps.
“We’ll (police) be heavy in that area today and tonight,” the sheriff said. “As usual, we ask residents to remain cautious and report anything at all they feel is suspicious. We’ll be glad to respond.”
Police are trying to find Douglas Albert Jaccard of Dyer Road, who hasn’t been seen since he entered some woods near his home around 8 a.m. Tuesday. Nonetheless, Davis said authorities still are confident Jaccard remains on foot in the woods.
He said the search is being expanded and is moving in the direction of Floyd County.
Police have said Jaccard, a Vietnam veteran, is familiar with the woods and has knowledge to survive in them for some time.
In the meantime, area residents are asked to keep check on their neighbors also.
While authorities have already checked out multiple potential sightings of Jaccard, none has panned out.
According to Davis, an estimated 60 to 75 officers are being used each day to search for the suspect. They divide into four to six teams to search designated areas and alternate their times in the woods. As one team comes in, another one goes out.
“They (officers in a team) come in to get a little rest, water and food and then head back out,” Davis said.
The sheriff said he doesn’t think Jaccard has anyone helping him to avoid police.
A Virginia State Police helicopter has been used to search from the air as weather has allowed. Plus, several tracking dogs from nearby agencies are being used.
Jaccard is suspected of fatally shooting one neighbor, Joseph Foster Bane, and wounding another, Jerry Covey, in the arm before police arrived on the scene of the approximately 7:45 a.m. incident Tuesday.
A Pulaski County deputy was the first to arrive on the scene but was quickly followed by officers from Wythe County and Virginia State Police.
Pulaski County Deputy Jamie Radcliffe was shot in the exchange of gunfire.
According to Davis, Jaccard shot Radcliffe and fired at a couple of other Pulaski deputies but missed them. Radcliffe received an abrasion on his back when a bullet grazed along the bottom edge of his bullet-proof vest.
He has since been released from Pulaski Community Hospital.
Wythe County Chief Deputy Keith Dunagan has said Jaccard will be charged with murder, as well as other offenses, when he is apprehended.
He said police will continue to search for the man daily unless they obtain information to convince them he no longer is in the woods.
Several items believed to belong to Jaccard have been located by searchers. However, police have declined to say what the items are.
Jaccard is considered to be armed and dangerous. Anyone seeing him or seeing anything suspicious is advised to call police at 911.

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Police continue manhunt for shooter

WYTHE COUNTY — Tactical teams from throughout Southwest Virginia gathered at a Barren Springs area church again this morning to begin a third day of searching for a man wanted in the shooting death of his neighbor.
Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis said this morning that the search would be expanded into Pulaski County today, in the area from Max Creek to the Boy Scout camps.
“We’ll (police) be heavy in that area today and tonight,” the sheriff said. “As usual, we ask residents to remain cautious and report anything at all they feel is suspicious. We’ll be glad to respond.”
Police are trying to find Douglas Albert Jaccard of Dyer Road, who hasn’t been seen since he entered some woods near his home around 8 a.m. Tuesday. Nonetheless, Davis said authorities still are confident Jaccard remains on foot in the woods.
He said the search is being expanded and is moving in the direction of Floyd County.
Police have said Jaccard, a Vietnam veteran, is familiar with the woods and has knowledge to survive in them for some time.
In the meantime, area residents are asked to keep check on their neighbors also.
While authorities have already checked out multiple potential sightings of Jaccard, none has panned out.
According to Davis, an estimated 60 to 75 officers are being used each day to search for the suspect. They divide into four to six teams to search designated areas and alternate their times in the woods. As one team comes in, another one goes out.
“They (officers in a team) come in to get a little rest, water and food and then head back out,” Davis said.
The sheriff said he doesn’t think Jaccard has anyone helping him to avoid police.
A Virginia State Police helicopter has been used to search from the air as weather has allowed. Plus, several tracking dogs from nearby agencies are being used.
Jaccard is suspected of fatally shooting one neighbor, Joseph Foster Bane, and wounding another, Jerry Covey, in the arm before police arrived on the scene of the approximately 7:45 a.m. incident Tuesday.
A Pulaski County deputy was the first to arrive on the scene but was quickly followed by officers from Wythe County and Virginia State Police.
Pulaski County Deputy Jamie Radcliffe was shot in the exchange of gunfire.
According to Davis, Jaccard shot Radcliffe and fired at a couple of other Pulaski deputies but missed them. Radcliffe received an abrasion on his back when a bullet grazed along the bottom edge of his bullet-proof vest.
He has since been released from Pulaski Community Hospital.
Wythe County Chief Deputy Keith Dunagan has said Jaccard will be charged with murder, as well as other offenses, when he is apprehended.
He said police will continue to search for the man daily unless they obtain information to convince them he no longer is in the woods.
Several items believed to belong to Jaccard have been located by searchers. However, police have declined to say what the items are.
Jaccard is considered to be armed and dangerous. Anyone seeing him or seeing anything suspicious is advised to call police at 911.

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