We regret to pass on the Line of Duty Death of Big Stone Gap Police Officer Michael D. Chandler, who succumbed to his injuries around 1900 this evening. Mike was also an active member of the Big Stone Gap Fire Department. Today was his 29th birthday.
While on duty, Town of Big Stone Gap Police Officer Michael Chandler stopped out with an individual shortly after 0400 Saturday (Nov. 13) who asked the officer to conduct a welfare check on an individual at a vacant residence in the 2500 block of Orr Street. When Officer Chandler arrived at the residence, he encountered at least one individual. It was during this encounter that Officer Chandler was shot.
A Wise County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was first to arrive as backup on scene. Officer Chandler was found lying unconscious in a ditch along the driveway to the residence. His patrol car and another vehicle were both at the scene, but there was no other person at the scene.
Officer Chandler was initially transported to Norton Community Hospital and then flown to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment where he passed.
Our condolences to the Big Stone Gap PD as well as the Big Stone Gap VFD, and all those affected. Rest In Peace.
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