Internal review finds no fault

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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An internal review by the Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office found no fault in the job performance of one of its deputies who responded to two shots fired near the AutoZone on South Main Street in Farmville June 7.

Several agencies responded to multiple reports of shots fired. Prince Edward County Sheriff L.A. “Tony” Epps reported an armed suspect was arrested. A Farmville Police Department (FPD) press release stated there were no injuries or property damage during the incident.

Both the sheriff’s office and the FPD’s initial releases on the incident noted there was a sheriff’s deputy who was the first on the scene, trying to secure the scene.

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“In regards to the incident that occurred on Sunday, June 7, near AutoZone, myself, Chief Deputy J.R. Farley and Major (David) Wilmoth have concluded that the deputy that heard and responded to two shots fired near AutoZone acted well within policy and procedure of the Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office accreditation standards,” Epps said Thursday, July 2.

“This deputy did his job by responding to this incident by himself and trying to get the situation under control while waiting for backup,” the sheriff continued. “He put himself in danger that day to try to prevent anyone involved from injury or worse. I commend him for doing a good job.”

While the internal review is concluded, the sheriff stated July 2 that the shots fired case is still under investigation to try to determine who actually fired the two shots.

The sheriff’s office reported June 10 that the arrested suspect’s name is Rahmeer M. Pollard, of Prospect, and he is 21 years old.

Epps concluded his July 2 statement by noting that anyone with information on the shots fired incident is asked to call the FPD at (434) 392-9259, the sheriff’s office at (434) 392-8101 or Crime Solvers at (434) 392-3400.