Prosecutor to seek indictment against alleged MECC gunman

Mike Still • Apr 2, 2019 at 9:23 AM

WISE — A Big Stone Gap man arrested on the Mountain Empire Community College campus on Saturday remained in jail as prosecutors planned to put his case before a grand jury in April.

David Dewayne Scott Jr., 43, of 1803 Lenora Road, is being held without bond at the Duffield Regional Jail on a prior probation violation from Lee County, Wise County Sheriff’s Col. Grant Kilgore said Monday.

Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp on Monday said he planned to seek grand jury indictments in connection with allegations that Scott threatened a neighbor with a pistol in the Lenora Road community near Big Stone Gap.

County deputies, area police and state game wardens pursued Scott after he was later spotted behind the state Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy office above the MECC campus. College officials put the campus on lockdown as students and staff were evacuated safely from two buildings.

A line of deputies and police cornered Scott at the college’s maintenance building, where he was arrested after a chase through woods on campus.

“We have been working closely with the investigators at the sheriff’s department on this case over the weekend,” Slemp said Monday. “Because he is in custody on unrelated matters, I anticipate that we will be seeking charges via a direct indictment on April 15 at the next grand jury.”

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