Floyd County Sheriff’s Department investigator Rusty Stanley became the latest American police officer shot in the line of duty Saturday night when he helped deputies answer a domestic violence call.
Officers found David Joseph Annarelli, 41, armed with a shotgun on the back porch of a house in the 2500 block of Ridgeview Road just outside the town of Floyd.
According to the Virginia State Police, Stanley was off duty when the call came in around 8:30 p.m. Saturday but went to the scene to provide backup. Shortly after he arrived, Annarelli opened fire with the shotgun, wounding Stanley in the abdomen and leg.
Stanley returned fire but Annarelli was not wounded and officers arrested him. As is common in cases involving law enforcement officers in a local jurisdiction, the Virginia State Police entered the case and its investigation led to felony charges of assaulting law enforcement officers and use of a firearm in commission of the crime.
A Life Guard helicopter took Stanley to Roanoke Memorial. After treatment of his wounds overnight he was released on Sunday. Stanley is a veteran deputy of the sheriff’s department and became an investigator after service as a patrol officer.
Annarelli is in New River Valley Regional jail in Dublin. The State Police investigation continues.