A Virginia police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty Monday while responding to a “domestic situation” at a gas station, authorities said.
Officer Caleb Ogilvie, 35, of the Covington Police Department (CPD), was responding to a report of a man’s “erratic and escalating behavior” at a gas station and convenience store in the 100 block of North Alleghany Avenue Monday, the Virginia State Police said in a press release shared by WFIR News. CPD Chief Christopher Smith said in a Facebook release that the establishment was Covington Farm and Fuel.
Statement from Covington Chief of Police:On March 14, 2022, the City of Covington Police Department, tragically lost…
Police said Toney Paulston Jr., 42, entered the business, where his relative Randall Lee Paxton, 62, was working, at around 4:30 p.m. “A domestic situation ensued” between the men, which culminated in Paulson shooting Paxton, the VSP said.
The VSP continued:
Upon being alerted to Poulston’s erratic and escalating behavior inside the store, the City of Covington Police and Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded to the scene.
When the officers and deputies arrived, they encountered Poulston armed with a pistol coming out of the store. Shots were fired, which resulted in the death of Poulston and City of Covington Police Officer, Caleb Ogilvie, who had responded to the scene.
After the scene was secured, authorities went into the gas station, where they found Paxton fatally shot. No customers, other employees, or law enforcement officers were injured, the VSP said. Police said Paxton’s wife, a gas station employee, was working inside at the time of the incident.
Ogilvie joined the force last August, the CPD said. He previously served as an active duty Marine from 2006-2010, before being honorably discharged and enlisting in the reserves from 2011-2016. “He leaves behind a wife, Natasha, and their two young daughters. He also leaves behind an ex-wife, Malarie, and their two young daughters,” states the Fund the First crowdfunding page established for his family.
Smith noted that an officer with the department had never been shot and killed in the line of duty before.
We ask that you keep Officer Ogilvie’s family, especially his young children in your thoughts and prayers during difficult this time, as they work to process and deal with this devastating loss. Covington Police Department and all of our area public safety agencies responded and are impacted by this incident as well. We have been touched and amazed at the outpouring of support from our community for Officer Ogilvie’s family, our department and all those in public safety.
“His engaging personality, dedication to serving others, and great sense of humor quickly endeared him to his Covington Police family and our community,” Smith went on to add. “This senseless loss is being felt by so many today and will be in the days to come.”
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin tweeted that he and First Lady Suzanne Youngkin were “devasted by the tragic loss of a Covington Police Officer.”
The First Lady and I are devastated by the tragic loss of a Covington Police Officer. This serves as a reminder that law enforcement officers risk their lives every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the fallen officer during this difficult time. https://t.co/MDKbdl9nE8
— Governor Glenn Youngkin (@GovernorVA) March 15, 2022
“This serves as a reminder that law enforcement officers risk their lives every day,” the governor added. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the fallen officer during this difficult time.”
The VSP stated it is investigating the shooting deaths of Ogilvie and Paxton at the request of Smith and the CPD. It is also investigating the officer-involved shooting at both Smith’s and Alleghany Sheriff Kevin W. Hall’s requests.