On 8-6-2016 at approximately 11:43 p.m. Wise County Central Emergency Dispatch received a call of a domestic incident involving a gun in the Exeter community, near Appalachia, VA, in Wise County. When Deputies arrived they discovered Casey Rae Reed, age 24, outside of a residence with a gun shot wound. Deputies and Appalachia Police Officers were able to safely remove her from the residence and transport her to an awaiting ambulance. The alleged suspect, James Lester Smith, Jr, age 53, had barricaded himself inside the residence.
The Wise County Sheriff's Office Sheriff's Response Team and Crisis Negotiators responded. Mr. Smith would not respond to negotiation attempts. Members of the SRT team entered the residence and located Mr. Smith inside with a self inflicted gun shot wound. He was transported to the hospital and is currently in critical condition. Details of the incident are still under investigation by the Wise County Sheriff's Office.