Lawmen Apprehend Piney River Man In Madison Heights – Update

Photo Via NCSD : Willie McCoy Thacker in a 2007 file photo. Lawmen are still looking for Thacker on a variety of charges.

Piney River
Nelson County, Virginia

Updated: 4.29.11 – 2PM EDT
Nelson County Sheriff, David Brooks tells NCL that Willie McCoy Thacker was taken into custody early Friday afternoon without incident. He was found in a hotel room in Madison Heights, Virginia. “The weapon was located around noon, and he was found s short time later,” Sheriff Brooks, added.

Original Post from 10:30 AM
Deputies continue following leads for a man they say fired shots Thursday night during a domestic dispute. “This was most likely an alcohol related incident. We received the call around 7PM Thursday night via 911. Once deputies got there they were told 54 year old Willie McCoy Thacker had fired a shot outside the home, ran off into the nearby woods and fire several more rounds. Deputies were also told Thacker had a pocket full of ammo,” Nelson County Sheriff David Brooks tells NCL.

Originally as the scene was unfolding, it was thought Thacker had fired at police, but as details came in, that was not the case. “All of the shots were fired before any of my officers arrived,” Sheriff Brooks continued. Later in the evening a Virginia State Police helicopter was brought in with special night vision and heat seeking gear to see if they could locate Thacker. A VSP tact team also made the scene along with a K-9 tracking dog. Thacker was never located and the search eventually ended around 10:30 PM Thursday night. “At no time was the public in danger and we don’t feel Thacker is a danger now to the public, though we continue to follow leads on his whereabouts so he can be picked up on several outstanding charges,” Sheriff Brooks added.

Thacker is wanted on the following charges:

Brandishing a firearm
Domestic A&B on wife
Possession of firearm by convicted felon

Sheriff Brooks is asking anyone with information on the location of Thacker to contact his office at 434-263-7050 or their toll free tip line at 877-570-8477. Callers can remain anonymous.


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