Police officer, 2 others, killed in shooting at Covington gas station

Police officer, 2 others, killed in shooting at Covington gas station
Posted at 8:39 PM, Mar 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-15 04:36:14-04

COVINGTON, Va. -- Three people are dead after a shooting at a Covington gas station on Monday night.

Among those killed were a Covington Police Officer and the shooter, officials said.

Virginia State Police said they were notified about the shooting Just before 5 p.m.

42-year-old Toney S. Poulston of Covington went inside the gas station North Alleghany Avenue and some type of confrontation happened between Paulston and a relative who was employed at the store, 64-year-old Randall Lee Paxton of Covington.

The situation escalated to the point that Poulston shot Paxton, State Police said.

The City of Covington Police and the Alleghany County Sheriff's Office responded to the store when they heard of Poulston's "erratic and escalating behavior," State Police said.

When law enforcement arrived, they reportedly found Poulston armed with a pistol coming out of the store. Shots were fired, which resulted in the death of Poulston and a City of Covington Police Officer, who had responded to the scene, according to State Police.

Officers made their way into the store and found Paxton dead from a gunshot wound. A woman, identified Paxton's wife, was inside the store during the shooting but State Police said she was not injured.

The remains of all three decedents will be transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy.

No other employees were injured in the shooting, and State Police said there weren't any customers inside or outside of the business that were injured during the shooting.

No additional law enforcement members were injured in the shooting.

The Virginia State Police, Town of Covington Police Department and Alleghany County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene. VSP's Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Salem Field Office is investigating the shooting.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email to send a tip.


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