Virginia State Trooper Dies After Being Shot While Serving Search Warrant

Virginia State Trooper Lucas B. Dowell died after being shot while executing a search warrant in Cumberland County, Virginia, in connection with an ongoing narcotics investigation. Virginia State Police

A Virginia State Police trooper has succumbed to his injuries after he was shot while executing a search warrant in Cumberland County, Virginia, as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation.

Trooper Lucas D. Dowell, who served as a member of the Virginia State Police Tactical Team (equivalent to a SWAT team), died after he was rushed to Southside Community Hospital in Farmville with life-threatening injuries on Monday evening, the Virginia State Police confirmed in a statement.

"This is an extremely difficult day for the State Police," Virginia State Police Superintendent Colonel Gary T. Settle said in a statement published online.

"We are humbled by Lucas' selfless sacrifice and grateful for his dedicated service to the Commonwealth. He will forever be remembered by his State Police Family for his great strength of character, tenacity, valor, loyalty and sense of humor," Settle said.

The Virginia State Police said its Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office was investigating the shooting.

The department said the Virginia State Police Tactical team had been assisting the Piedmont Regional Drug and Gang Task Force with executing a search warrant at a local residence.

"The Tactical Team had made entry into the residence shortly before 10 p.m. Monday when an adult male inside the residence began shooting at them. The Tactical Team members returned fire," the statement said. "One of the troopers was shot and was transported to Southside Community Hospital in Farmville for treatment of life-threatening injuries."

Not long after, Dowell succumbed to his injuries, becoming the department's 66th line of duty death, according to the Virginia State Poice.

The adult male suspect was also shot and died at the scene, the Virginia State Police said, adding that police were still working to confirm his identity and notifying his next of kin.

No other troopers were injured in the shooting, the department said. It said that two troopers who fired their weapons in the attack had since been placed on administrative leave, in accordance with Virginia state policy.

According to the state police, Dowell, a Chilhowie, Virginia, native, had graduated from the Virginia State Police's 122nd Basic Session in November 2014. Since then, he had been assigned to the Virginia State Police Appomattox Division, with his most recent assignment being on patrol in Area 20, which encompasses the citie of Lynchburg and Amherst, and Campbell counties.

He is survived by his parents and a sister.

This is a developing story and it will be updated as more information becomes available.