Northam orders flags to half-staff for fallen Big Stone Gap officer

Flags will fly at half-staff throughout Virginia on Thursday in memory of a fallen Big Stone Gap officer.

By Gov. Ralph Northam’s order, U.S. and Virginia state flags will be flown at half-staff until sunset to honor Officer Michael Chandler, who was shot and killed responding to a residence in Big Stone Gap on Saturday. He was 29.



“Mike was a dedicated public servant, a devoted husband and father, and a trusted member of the Big Stone Gap community,” Northam said in a statement. “Like law enforcement officers across the commonwealth, he put his life on the line everyday in service to his fellow Virginians.”

A 33-year-old man suspected in Chandler’s shooting was arrested at a Tennessee motel after a broad search involving local, state and federal officials. He is being held on probation violations out of South Carolina and Virginia’s Wise County.

Charges for the officer’s shooting are pending.

Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez joined WTOP as a digital reporter and editor in June 2018. He is a writer and photojournalist focusing on politics, political activism and national affairs, with recent multimedia contributions to Reuters, MSNBC and PBS.

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