Chase City Officers called “heroes” after shooting

Two Chase City Police officers are being credited with saving the life of a shooting victim on Saturday night. Patrolman John Reese and N. Fitz were the first officers on the scene of the shooting at Green Acres Tailer Park outside of Chase City last Saturday night and their first aid efforts to keep the victim alive until EMS workers could arrive on the scene likely saved the victims life.

Speaking on Thursday, Chief Jay Jordan said that the two officers, Reese and Fitz, were dispatched to the trailer park to secure the scene until deputies with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department could arrive. Once on the scene, the two officers found the victim suffering from a single gunshot wound to the face. The officers were able to keep the victim’s airway open until other law enforcement agents and EMS workers could arrive on the scene.

Due to the winter weather experienced through the area last weekend and the ensuing calls, there was a delay in EMS workers arriving on the scene. Speaking on Thursday afternoon, Major Terry Edmonds of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office applauded the efforts of Reese and Fitz, saying the two had done “an excellent job.”

Originally, a call went out for the patient to be airlifted but the same winter weather that delayed EMS workers also effectively grounded life-flights. The victim, later identified as Melvin Hatcher, Jr., was transported by the Chase City Rescue Squad to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill and later to VCU Medical Center in Richmond. On Thursday he was reported to be in serious but stable condition.

Authorities declined to comment on Thursday as to any suspects or motives in the shooting incident, but earlier this week Sheriff Bobby Hawkins said that he believed an arrest would be made “soon.”

On Thursday, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that two investigators with the department are working on the case exclusively.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.