After being shot early in the day, a Virginia police officer died Saturday night, Nov. 13. He was shot while conducting a welfare check early in the morning, according to the investigation. It was his 29 birthday at the time.

Officer Michael Chandler of Big Stone Gap was shot at an abandoned residence around 4 a.m. ET after being asked to do a welfare check. The Big Stone Gap is situated in southwest Virginia.

Chandler was discovered in a ditch, unconscious, and was rushed to the hospital. However, he died a few hours later as  Fox News reported.

“It is with a heavy heart that I must inform our community of the line of duty death of Officer Michael D. Chandler,” said Big Stone Gap Police Chief Stephen Hamm in a statement.

“His battle to survive today was truly miraculous. But, he succumbed to his injuries around 7:00 p.m. this evening at the hospital with his family at his side. Mike’s loss will be felt by our town and across all of Wise County. Not only did he serve as an officer with the Town of Big Stone Gap Police Department, but also as a volunteer with the Big Stone Gap Fire Department. Please keep his family in your prayers tonight, as this should have been a day to celebrate his 29th birthday – not a day to mourn his passing.” Hamm went on to say.

According to a report, a 33-year-old suspect was apprehended after an “extensive” manhunt. The suspect, a Virginia man, was subsequently captured at a motel in Kingsport, Tennessee, roughly 40 miles away from the scene.

On suspicion of violating the amnesty order, the suspect is being held. His charges are now being investigated.

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