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Additional Details Released on Rio Mills Road Standoff

Posted: Updated: Dec 27, 2012 12:14 PM EST

Albemarle County Police are still trying to understand what led up to the deaths of two men during a standoff on Rio Mills Rd. Wednesday afternoon.     

Just before noon on Wednesday, two 911 calls came in. The first, for a disorder between two men, now identified as 44-year-old Frank Davis and 50-year-old James "Sonny" Marshall. The second call said Davis was standing over Marshall with a gun.  

Shortly after the second call, police arrived at 2525 Rio Mills Road. They found Davis standing in a garage.

Police say he pointed a rifle at the responding officers. One officer fired at Davis and he retreated into the garage.

"We suspect that he killed himself shortly after the encounter with the first officer," said Chief Steve Sellers of Albemarle County Police Department.

Before Davis' death was confirmed, a crisis negotiation team was called in to assist. Police say they attempted to make contact through telephone and a loud speaker. They also used electronic surveillance equipment to see the inside of the building.

Around 6 p.m., a SWAT team used an armored vehicle to break through the garage door, finding both men already dead.

"It's a mutual decision.  It's a decision by a group of experts including myself into how we make entry into a location," said Sellers.

Investigators say Marshall and Davis knew each other, and Davis lived with Marshall along Rio Mills Road for a short period of time.

Overnight, officers remained at the house collecting evidence, including shell casings and interviewing family members, friends and witnesses.      

"We have to follow through just as diligently whether or not it's going to come to court or not in the future," said Sellers.

Both bodies have been sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy. Police have also executed several search warrants in the case but they have been put under a court ordered seal.



Albemarle Police Department

The Albemarle County Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting involving two individuals. The incident took place on Wednesday, December 26th in the 2500 block of Rio Mills Road.

Frank Davis Jr. and James "Sonny" Marshall Jr. were killed in the incident. Davis was 44-years old from Madison County. Marshall was 50-years old and from Albemarle County.

At this point in the investigation, police do not believe there is a threat to the community and there is no suspect at large.

Police were first informed when a 911 call came in at 11:45am for a disorder involving two men. A second call indicated that one man with a gun was standing over another man on the ground.

The first two responding officers encountered an armed man inside of a garage that was not attached to the house. The man pointed a rifle at the officers and at that time, one officer fired at the individual. The preliminary investigation indicates that the armed man was identified as Frank Davis Jr.

Detectives with the Virginia State Police were requested to conduct the investigation into the officer involved shooting. Police negotiators and the SWAT team arrived to assist.

During the investigation, police learned one victim, James Marshall, was dead inside of the garage. After attempts to negotiate with the suspect were not successful, the SWAT team entered the garage and found Frank Davis Jr. was also dead inside from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing. Throughout the night police have had forensic evidence technicians on scene collecting evidence as well as detectives conducting interviews and gathering background information.

Officers with the Greene County Sheriff's Department, Charlottesville City Police, Virginia Game Wardens and Virginia State Police all assisted during the incident.

Rio Mills Road was closed for a large portion of the day. 

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