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Suspect in custody; manhunt ends

WYTHE COUNTY — They say the perpetrator always returns to the scene of the crime.
Apparently that was the case Thursday night when Douglas Albert Jaccard was captured at his home after 60 hours on the lam from police.
Jaccard was arrested at 8 p.m. without incident. He is being held in New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.
Jaccard is slated for a video arraignment with Wythe County General District Court this morning. A court official said arrangements will be made for legal representation, but a bond hearing will not be scheduled until a later date.
Jaccard is alleged to have fatally shot his neighbor, Joseph Foster Bane, and wounded two other men, neighbor Jerry Covey and Pulaski County Deputy Jamie Radcliffe, Tuesday morning. Radcliffe’s and Covey’s wounds were not life-threatening.
Jaccard was last seen heading into woods near his residence around 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Tactical teams from throughout Southwest Virginia, tracking dogs and a helicopter tracked Jaccard through rough terrain and rainy weather, but he was not spotted again until he returned to his home around 8 p.m. Thursday.
Police speculate Jaccard, who apparently is a diabetic, returned to his home to get insulin.
Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis said his department was glad to be able to assist Wythe County Sheriff’s Office on the investigation. He didn’t have a tally for the number of hours local officers contributed to the case.
Officers from the Town of Pulaski also assisted with the manhunt.
Davis said officers from his department would spend Friday catching up on paperwork in the case and compiling the information they obtained through witness interviews and officers’ personal observations during the Tuesday shooting.
A Pulaski County deputy was the first to arrive on the scene of the 7:45 a.m. shooting incident. The officer was quickly followed by Radcliffe, other Pulaski County deputies, deputies from Wythe County and Virginia State troopers.
Police had centered their search in the Pulaski County area Thursday and, according to radio traffic, thought they had Jaccard pinned down in an area off Webb Road in the Allisonia area late in the afternoon. A helicopter that had spotted a heat signature in the area was in the process of directing about two dozen officers to the spot when it had to refuel and was grounded due to weather.
Police believed Jaccard may be hiding under leaves, so a thermal imaging camera was taken to the officers. They were unable to pinpoint anything with the camera before darkness forced the crew from the woods.
During Thursday’s search it was determined a break-in had occurred at Camp Powhatan Boy Scout’s Camp.
However, Davis said there is no way “at this point” to determine whether the break-in is linked to Jaccard.
He said officers found evidence a storage-type building in the camp had been entered sometime during the day or evening of Wednesday or during the early morning hours of Thursday.
Nothing apparently was taken and damage was minimal, according to Davis.
The sheriff said he would like to recognize Camp Powhatan Ranger Charles Stultz for “ a tremendous amount of assistance” to the manhunt.

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Suspect in custody; manhunt ends

WYTHE COUNTY — They say the perpetrator always returns to the scene of the crime.
Apparently that was the case Thursday night when Douglas Albert Jaccard was captured at his home after 60 hours on the lam from police.
Jaccard was arrested at 8 p.m. without incident. He is being held in New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.
Jaccard is slated for a video arraignment with Wythe County General District Court this morning. A court official said arrangements will be made for legal representation, but a bond hearing will not be scheduled until a later date.
Jaccard is alleged to have fatally shot his neighbor, Joseph Foster Bane, and wounded two other men, neighbor Jerry Covey and Pulaski County Deputy Jamie Radcliffe, Tuesday morning. Radcliffe’s and Covey’s wounds were not life-threatening.
Jaccard was last seen heading into woods near his residence around 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Tactical teams from throughout Southwest Virginia, tracking dogs and a helicopter tracked Jaccard through rough terrain and rainy weather, but he was not spotted again until he returned to his home around 8 p.m. Thursday.
Police speculate Jaccard, who apparently is a diabetic, returned to his home to get insulin.
Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis said his department was glad to be able to assist Wythe County Sheriff’s Office on the investigation. He didn’t have a tally for the number of hours local officers contributed to the case.
Officers from the Town of Pulaski also assisted with the manhunt.
Davis said officers from his department would spend Friday catching up on paperwork in the case and compiling the information they obtained through witness interviews and officers’ personal observations during the Tuesday shooting.
A Pulaski County deputy was the first to arrive on the scene of the 7:45 a.m. shooting incident. The officer was quickly followed by Radcliffe, other Pulaski County deputies, deputies from Wythe County and Virginia State troopers.
Police had centered their search in the Pulaski County area Thursday and, according to radio traffic, thought they had Jaccard pinned down in an area off Webb Road in the Allisonia area late in the afternoon. A helicopter that had spotted a heat signature in the area was in the process of directing about two dozen officers to the spot when it had to refuel and was grounded due to weather.
Police believed Jaccard may be hiding under leaves, so a thermal imaging camera was taken to the officers. They were unable to pinpoint anything with the camera before darkness forced the crew from the woods.
During Thursday’s search it was determined a break-in had occurred at Camp Powhatan Boy Scout’s Camp.
However, Davis said there is no way “at this point” to determine whether the break-in is linked to Jaccard.
He said officers found evidence a storage-type building in the camp had been entered sometime during the day or evening of Wednesday or during the early morning hours of Thursday.
Nothing apparently was taken and damage was minimal, according to Davis.
The sheriff said he would like to recognize Camp Powhatan Ranger Charles Stultz for “ a tremendous amount of assistance” to the manhunt.

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