Greene County Deputy, Suspect Killed

Officer Down: Rodney L. Davis - [Standardsville, Virginia]

By Olympia Meola / Daily Progress Staff Writer
August 27, 2003


STANARDSVILLE - A Greene County Sheriff's Sergeant and a suspected drug dealer were killed Tuesday night after a routine attempt to serve an arrest warrant turned into a shoot-out, according to authorities.

Sgt. Rodney L. Davis, 30, was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center and pronounced dead there, ac-cording to Greene Capt. Scott Haas.

James C. Faulkner Jr., 32, of 467 Octonia Rd., was being served with a warrant for distribution of crack cocaine and died at the scene of the shooting, Haas said.

Sgt. Rodney L. Davis

Sgt. Joseph Hogsten knocked on the door of the Octonia Road residence around 11 p.m. and told a woman who identified herself as Faulkner's mother that he was there to serve an arrest warrant on Faulkner, Haas said. She told him that Faulkner was not there but gave the sergeants permission to search the home. Hogsten found Faulkner in a back bedroom, according to Haas, and a struggle ensued between the two.

Faulkner then fled into a bedroom. Hogsten followed and kicked down the door to find Faulkner inside with a gun. Faulkner began shooting, Haas said, but details of who shot whom are still under investigation by the Virginia State Police, Haas said.

Haas and a deputy responded to Hogsten's call for help and upon arrival found Davis shot in the side above his bulletproof vest in the kitchen and Faulkner in the backyard.

Hogsten was not injured. Both sergeants were wearing bulletproof vests, Haas said.
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