Suspect in police custody; university to resume normal operations
August 21, 2006
(Updated at 4:30 p.m.) Police have apprehended William Charles Morva, suspect in the fatal shooting of a security guard and a sheriff's deputy, and the wounding of another sheriff's deputy.
Virginia Tech wishes to express profund appreciation to officers of the Virginia Tech Police Department, Blacksburg Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, and the Virginia State Police for their exhaustive, diligent, and successful efforts on behalf of the campus community.
Virginia Tech will resume full normal operations on Tuesday, August 22.
EMERGENCY UPDATE 3:50 P.M.: Suspect reported to be in custody
Blacksburg Police have reportedly captured William Charles Morva, suspect in the fatal shooting of a Montgomery Regional Hospital security guard and a Montgomery County sheriff's deputy, and the wounding of another deputy.
EMERGENCY UPDATE 12:45 P.M.: Employees north of Drillfield asked to leave campus
The university is asking that all employees on the north side of the Drillfield depart from work and leave for the day. When exiting the campus, please use the Prices Fork entrance. Southgate Drive remains closed.
Further information for remaining employees will be provided as soon as possible.
All classes, events, programs, meetings, and other activities scheduled for the Blacksburg campus on Monday, August 21, are cancelled.
Stay tuned to the campus media which includes www.vt.edu, Weatherline (231-6668), e-mail, and your phone mail. We will provide further information on shift work tomorrow sometime before midnight.
Podcast (1 p.m.): Statement by Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker | Download MP3 (Length: 0:26)
BT to run modified break service
Blacksburg Transit will go to modified break service at 1:15 p.m. on Monday, August 21.
One bus will run break schedule on the following routes:
- Southbound\Northbound Main Street
- Hethwood\Windsor Hills
- Tom's Creek A
- Tom's Creek B
- University Mall Shuttle
- Two Town Trolley
Hokie Express service has been cancelled for the remainder of Monday, August 21.
For more information call (540) 961-1185 or visit the BT website.
EMERGENCY ADVISORY 10:30 a.m.: University to cancel remaining classes
In an effort to help law enforcement officials, all remaining classes will be canceled. Students should return to their residence hall rooms or apartments and not venture out.
Employees are asked to remain in their offices until further notice.
The south side of campus (south of Washington Street) remains blocked off by police. Those roads are closed to vehicular traffic.
Police continue to pursue the William Morva, the escaped prisoner from the Montgomery County Jail who is a suspect a homicide case.
Police report the suspect is now wearing a tie-dye shirt, khaki shorts and is barefoot.
Podcast (10:30 a.m.): Statement by Vice President Kurt Krause | Download MP3 (Length: 1:18)