A Wytheville man faces two counts of attempted capital murder of a police officer and a long list of other charges after a chase in Carroll County that resulted in shots fired.
According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, on May 11 at approximately 9:35 p.m. Deputy Trevor Carico observed a stolen vehicle from a previous residential break-in reported earlier in the day. Deputy Carico initiated his emergency equipment and attempted to stop the stolen car on the U.S. 58 Bypass around Hillsville.
“The car refused to stop and Deputy Carico initiated a pursuit. The car continued east on the bypass, turning onto Spring Willow Drive, then onto Lost Lane where he left the road and continued down an embankment into a swampy area approximately 300 yards off the road way. Deputy Carico stopped his vehicle and continued after the car on foot,” Gardner said in a press release. “As Deputy Carico approached the vehicle, two shots were fired from within the car. Deputy Carico stopped and waited for assistance. Deputy Carico and Sgt. Seth Greer approached the car and found the driver had exited on foot. Lt. Tony Horton, Deputy Miranda Honeycutt and Deputy Eric Sain, along with Hillsville Police Officers Sgt. Robbie Martin, officers David Johnson, Billy Anauo and Josh Edwards set up a perimeter around where the driver was last seen.”
Gardner said Deputy Carico called for a canine and Sgt. David Walls and his KP partner, Pike, responded to the scene. Officers were able to search the area and narrow the size of locations where the driver could be hiding. K9 Pike was able to locate the driver, and after several commands were ignored to lay down his weapon and come out, the K9 was sent in. The driver was taken into custody. Gardner said the driver was found to be Eric Sean Repass, 44, of Blue Sky Drive in Wytheville. Gardner said Repass had a handgun stolen from a Carroll County residence in his possession at the time of his arrest.
It was discovered that Repass was also the person who had run from Carroll County deputies earlier in the day on Revere Road in the Laurel Fork community on a stolen four-wheeler. Gardner said Repass had wrecked the stolen four-wheeler but was able to escape before officers could locate him.
Repass was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital for injuries he received from the two wrecks he had been in during the day and for dog bites, Gardner said. Repass was treated and released and was transported back before a magistrate.
Gardner said Repass has been charged with two counts of attempted capital murder of a police officer, two counts of failing to stop for a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, two counts of assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, destruction of private property less than $1,000, two counts of possession of a Schedule I or II substance, possession of a stolen Colt firearm, grand larceny of a 2014 Nissan Rogue, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, breaking and entering of a residence with the intent to commit a felony, damaging private property with a value less than $1,000, grand larceny of more than $200 worth of jewelry, grand larceny of a firearm, grand larceny of a motor vehicle, attempted grand larceny of a motor vehicle, grand larceny of a motor vehicle, grand larceny of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, damaging a Harley Davidson motorcycle, intentionally damaging private property, breaking and entering a storage building with intent to commit a felony, breaking and entering a storage building with the intention to commit a felony, grand larceny of a motor vehicle valued at more than $200 and grand larceny of chainsaws valued at more than $200.
Gardner said Repass was charged with Grand Larceny of a 1986 Ford Mustang by the Hillsville Police Department and other charges are expected. Repass is being held without bond in the New River Valley Regional Jail.