Law Enforcement Respond to MECC Incident

On Saturday several law enforcement agencies, including area police, deputies and the Game Warden responded to a situation at the Mountain Empire Community College campus. David Dwayne Scott Jr. allegedly threatened one of his neighbors with a firearm. Immediately MECC college officials and area law enforcement locked down and evacuated the campus before going after and ultimately cornering Scott at the college’s maintenance building.
According to Wise County Sheriff Col. Grant Kilgore, dispatchers received a call just before 1pm that afternoon from the Lenora community near Walmart stating that Scott was brandishing a pistol and threatening others and himself. Police and deputies were sent to the college where they evacuated staff and students safely.  Some people have claimed to have heard a gunshot but that has not been verified at this time.
Officers set up between the campus and US Route 23 while still other chased Scott after and ultimately caught Scott about 2:30pm. Scott did not have a weapon on him at that time and a Virginia State Police bomb detection dog was brought in to perform a search in the woods for a firearm.
Currently Scott is jailed on two probation violation charges, with one in Lee and another in Scott County. Additionally more charges may be filed after consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
MECC officials warned all students and staff about the dangerous situation on the college’s social media page. They went on to issue a public word of thanks to everyone who responded and assisted them in keeping the staff and students safe.

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