SCOTT COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – A man died after authorities said he broke into a house in southwest Virginia on Tuesday.
According to the Scott County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office, a man, identified as Jared Scott Dockery, 32, “entered the residence and was shot on his entry.”
The house Dockery is said to have entered was on Twin Springs Road in Nicklesville.
Authorities said there were two adult women and two young children in the house at the time of the reported break-in. Scott County Sheriff Jeff Edds said Bianca Marais from News Channel 11 that residents knew about the male subject who attempted to break into the house before being fatally shot.
“They knew each other… but I don’t want to go too far with this now,” Edds said.
According to Edds and a neighbor, the Twins Springs neighborhood is not the typical scene for incidents like this.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a high crime area, it’s a peaceful area, as far as the one near the school goes, well, this whole area, you know, they have problems every now and then. time, but nothing at this point, “Edds said
Lesa Stapleton has lived in the Twin Springs neighborhood for over 20 years.
” It’s shocking. We’ve never had anything like this before. It’s Mayberry, or it was Mayberry, “she said.” It’s the best community you could possibly want to live in. I mean, when it snows, my neighbor downstairs comes with his. tractor and scrape our driveway, we don’t have to worry about that. ”
She said she didn’t find out the incident was a shooting until the next day.
“Of course we knew there were a lot of police cars and a lot of activity, but we didn’t know there had been a fatality until today,” Stapleton said.
She added that the neighborhood will be forever changed by this shooting.
“We weren’t used to locking our doors, we left the keys in the car. We don’t do it anymore. Things have changed, ”Stapleton said. “We have security systems, most people in this business now have security systems.”
Dockery was dead by the time the MPs arrived home.
Authorities reported that the body had been sent to Roanoke for an autopsy.
Sheriff Edds said Bianca Marais from News Channel 11 that no charges have been laid in this case and that no one is in custody, pending investigation.
Virginia State Police are assisting the sheriff’s office with the investigation.