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Patrick County Sheriff's Office apprehends wanted Martinsville fugitive

Justin Nicholas Gregory

PATRICK COUNTY – Patrick County deputies arrested a fugitive on Thursday, according to Sheriff Dan Smith. Smith stated that an off duty sheriff’s deputy spotted Justin Nicholas Gregory, 26, of 732 Indian Trail in Martinsville, seated in a vehicle at Friendly’s Convenience store in Patrick Springs. Gregory was wanted from Roanoke County for Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, and he also had multiple outstanding felony probation violations from Martinsville. The Sheriff indicated that his office had received information that Gregory was allegedly involved in multiple robberies and had made threats to shoot law enforcement officers if approached. According to Smith, officers arrived on scene and approached the vehicle. Gregory allegedly refused commands to exit the vehicle and locked the doors, at which time Captain Rob Coleman and Deputy Ronnie Williams broke out both front windows. Gregory was extracted from the vehicle at gunpoint and immediately taken into custody , according to Smith. “Gregory had a loaded .40 Caliber pistol in his waist band when he was taken in to custody,” Smith said. “With the information we had, we knew that Gregory had to be kept contained inside of the vehicle, in order to not be a danger to civilians inside the store. “We knew that we had to quickly overwhelm him with force to prevent him from engaging us with gunfire”, the Sheriff indicated. Another loaded firearm was found in the vehicle along with a large amount of methamphetamine, digital scales, a mask, and over one thousand dollars in cash. Smith stated that this incident should serve as a reminder to all for the need to support local law enforcement. “This incident could have easily turned deadly, having well trained deputies to expeditiously apprehend dangerous fugitives is critical, and we are fortunate to have that in our county”, Smith added. Gregory is being held without bond in the Patrick County Jail. The investigation is continuing and multiple felony charges are pending. Deputy Oscar Tejeda is the investigating officer.

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