Pittsylvania County, Va. Sheriff’s Deputy shot answering domestic call, 1 suspect in custody

A standoff that started Tuesday evening and ended around 1 a.m. Wednesday was prompted by a call for help from a member of the suspect’s family. The nature of the disturbance was that of a domestic dispute.

Deputies arrived on the scene around 6:30 P.M. and Brian Cundiff fired upon Officers wounding one. Cundiff retreated into his residence where he barricaded himself on Blair Lane for close to seven hours while negotiators tried making contact. 

Approximately 30 – 40 Law Enforcement Officers surrounded the residence as they attempted to get him to surrender.

“After several hours with no contact, eventually … the S.W.A.T. teams did use special tactics to enter the house. But right at the end, this gentleman gave up and turned himself in,” Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor said.

Sheriff Taylor stated that the Department had “some history” with Cundiff but did not elaborate on the nature of the incidents.

The Deputy Sheriff who was shot was identified as Deputy Nicholas Samuels in Tuesday evening’s incident in Keeling. Deputy Samuels was treated at Danville Regional Medical Center and has been released. His injury was described as a non-life threatening gun shot wound to the side of his head.

Brian Cundiff, 37, has been charged with attempted capital murder, malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony, according to Pittsylvania County Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Haskins.

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