Princeton Man Dead After Police Standoff

GILES COUNTY, VA (WOAY) – A Princeton man is dead after a police standoff.

On August 27, 2018 at 1:47 p.m. the Giles County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Mercer County (WV) dispatch, who stated that they had a Princeton police officer needing assistance in the 3000 block of Old Wolf Creek Road. The officer was attempting to contact 59-year-old Glenn Patrick Bowles of Princeton. The officer held an active arrest warrant on Bowles. Deputies with the Giles County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the area and arrived on scene at around 1:55 p.m. to begin setting up a perimeter. The Princeton officer told Giles County deputies that Bowles fled on foot from the back of the residence armed with a pistol.

At approximately 7:50 p.m. deputies made voice contact with Bowles and a standoff ensued. Minutes later a crisis negotiator from the Giles County Sheriff’s Office began speaking with him. At approximately 10:02 p.m. officers on scene heard a gunshot and approached the area from where it came. They found Bowles injured in a thicket, suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Medics on scene attended to Bowles immediately and he was transported to Giles Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after 11:00 p.m. An autopsy is pending.

The Giles County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Narrows Police Department, Rich Creek Police Department, Giles County Animal Control, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Blacksburg Police Department, Christiansburg Police Department, Virginia State Police, Celanese, Narrows Fire Department, Giles Rescue Squad, and Carilion Ambulance for their assistance.

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