Carroll makes second arrest in Thursday’s ‘shots fired’ call

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The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men and charged them with narcotics violations after a call of “shots fired” Thursday on Poplar Camp Road.

Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner said Jordan Lee Eller, 27, was arrested on Friday, August 4 after being released from Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax. Eller was arrested for possession of a Schedule II drug and knowingly obstructing a law enforcement officer in the performance of their duties.

Gardner said the charges were placed against Eller after Thursday’s “shots fired” call to the 6000 block of Poplar Camp Road. The Sheriff said Eller reported “shots fired with possible multiple victims.” No shooting victims were found at the home and there were no indications that any shots were actually fired. Jordan Lee Eller’s last address was listed as North Third Street in Wytheville. Gardner said Eller was transported to the Carroll County Sheriff ’s Office and taken before a magistrate before being placed in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.

According to Gardner, his office received a call of “shots fired with possible multiple victims” near Stone’s Grocery on U.S. 52 North at 9:35 a.m. Thursday morning. Gardner said responding deputies arrived in the parking lot of Stone’s Grocery and found a man who told them there had been a shooting at a home nearby and that the man inside the store had done the shooting.

Deputies found the man inside the store to be Matthew Blaine Gilliam, 26, of Forest Oak Road in Woodlawn. Gardner said Gilliam was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute 10 grams or more of methamphetamines and possession of paraphernalia (needles). Gilliam was transported to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and taken before the magistrate, who placed Gilliam in the New River Valley Regional Jail with no bond.

While still on the scene, deputies were dealing with Eller in the parking lot, who became more aggressive and started acting strangely, Gardner said. Deputies placed the man in the back of a police car until an ambulance could get on scene.

“Once in the car the man began banging his head on the cage in the car, trying to get through a small hole in the screen. Rescue arrived on the scene and the man was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital, where he was admitted and treated for a possible drug overdose,” Gardner said. “Deputies arriving at the home, located in the 6000 block of Poplar Camp Road, found no one shot at the residence and no evidence that anyone had been shot. The investigation is ongoing.”

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