UPDATE: Officers say man shoots himself after barricading in a home following deadly shooting

Tazewell County Virginia

RAVEN, VA (WVNS) — 7/23/2021 1:30 p.m. UPDATE: The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office released new information about a deadly shooting that happened on Friday.

Detectives said David Curtis Whitt was found at a home on Jewell Ridge Road Friday morning, hours after the deadly shooting allegedly took place. Officials said he refused to go outside to speak with officers and then barricaded himself inside the house. Deputies from Tazewell County and Buchanan County reportedly went into the home and found Whitt with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He was flown to a trauma unit for care. Warrants for his arrest have been obtained from the Tazewell County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for Murder, Malicious Wounding and Child Endangerment.

Stay with 59News for updates on this developing story.

RAVEN, VA (WVNS) — 7/23/2021 10:15 a.m. UPDATE: Tazewell County deputies confirmed David Whitt was found and arrested.


RAVEN, VA (WVNS) — 7/23/2021 6:41 a.m. ORIGINAL STORY: A man considered armed and dangerous by deputies is wanted for allegedly shooting two people, including his wife, in Tazewell County.

Deputies said they and Richlands Police responded to Lot 6 Ball Road in Raven for a shooting in the early morning hours of July 23, 2021. According to investigators, David Curtis Whitt, 36, shot and killed his estranged wife, Ashley. Deputies said Whitt also shot 33-year-old Chris Shelton, who was taken to a local hospital for multiple gunshot wounds. He is expected to be okay.

David Whitt (Courtesy: Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office)

According to deputies, Whitt is still at large and considered both armed and dangerous. He stands 5-feet 8-inches tall, weighs 180 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. The vehicle Whitt may be driving is a white 2017 Nissan Frontier pickup truck, like the one pictured below. It has Virginia license plate XAN 1745.

A white 2017 Nissan Frontier pickup truck (Courtesy: Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office)

If you see Whitt or have any details on his whereabouts, immediately call 911 or your local law enforcement.

The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, and Commonwealth’s Attorneys Office are still investigating the shooting.

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