A man shot himself to death Friday after being confronted by officers with the Surry County Sheriff’s Office.
The unidentified individual was possibly a suspect in multiple stolen-property cases whom the officers were attempting to serve warrants on, but a positive identification had not been made as of late Friday night.
Sheriff Graham Atkinson said the incident unfolded about 5:45 p.m. when the officers attempted to serve arrest warrants on someone believed to be at a residence on Adventure Trail, located off McKinney Road in the White Plains area.
“There were actually a series of warrants,” Atkinson said, including one from Carroll County, Va., for larceny of a firearm and others from Mount Airy and Surry County on charges of possession of stolen property, among others.
While en route to the home, the officers spotted the person thought to be the suspect riding in a vehicle driven by another person. “They followed it onto Adventure Trail,” the sheriff added.
The driver apparently spotted the sheriff’s office car and then stopped in the roadway, with the male passenger exiting while holding a handgun. “The officers drew their weapons and ordered him to drop his, and he turned the gun on himself and fired, shooting himself once in the head,” Atkinson said.
He added that the man was still alive when the incident was initially called in, but died soon after.
“No positive identification has been made” as to whether he was actually the suspect being sought, the sheriff said of the person shot.
Members of the State Bureau of Investigation’s crime-scene unit were called in to help process the evidence, Atkinson said. He indicated that this was done because the county officers were present at the time of the shooting.