Lynchburg Police now believe the incident involved two separate officers. The officer that was shot has been identified as Ofc. Gary Hilber.
According to Capt. Ryan Zuidema, the preliminary investigation determined that during the chase for the drug suspect, one officer accidentally shot Hilber in low light conditions. The injured officer has since been treated and released from Lynchburg General Hospital.
Capt. Zuidema also revealed the name of the drug suspect as 24-year-old David Perry Gaines Jr., of Lynchburg. He is wanted on charges of:
If you have any information about Gaines, call Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900, or text "CVCS" plus your message to 274637.
According to Lynchburg Chief of Police, Parks Snead, police arrived around 10:30 p.m. at McCausland Ridge Apartments to serve a search warrant for a drug offense. The suspect fled on foot. During the pursuit, a Lynchburg police officer received a single non-life threatening gunshot wound. No suspect is being sought in relation to the shooting. No further information is available.
Dispatch confirms that an officer was shot in Lynchburg Wednesday night.
We have a crew on the way to the scene and are waiting to find out more details.