A police chief in Virginia was shot twice after he was called to investigate a shoplifting incident in Norton.
The shooting occurred May 8 near the Walmart store on Commonwealth Drive after the Norton Police Department got a report about a shoplifter, officials said.
“As Norton Police Chief James Lane pulled up to the parking lot, he encountered a male pedestrian,” the Virginia State Police said in a press release. “The man began shooting into the chief’s vehicle, striking the chief. The chief returned fire.”
“There were several units on the scene very quickly, helping secure the scene, helping provide first aid to both people that were shot, so with the tourniquets and things like that to stop the bleeding [until] rescue got here and they were transported,” Wise County Sheriff Grant Kilgore told the station.
Alan Levine, CEO of Ballad Health, confirmed Lane was shot twice.
James Dyer Buckland, 36 of Pound, Virginia, was charged with attempted capital murder and other charges, according to the station.
As of May 8, authorities said Lane was in stable condition following the shooting.