The life of Vincent James Lumia, a 33-year-old Patrick County massage therapist, aspiring actor and filmmaker, came to a violent end Monday night at his mother’s home on Eanes Road near Check in Floyd County.

According to State Police reports, Lumia drove a Ford Explorer which rammed two police cruisers after sheriff’s deputies and a veteran state trooper responded to a domestic disturbance call.  The trooper fired at the Explorer. Lumia died.

Another shooting death in a county where such violence used to be a rare occurance. In the last seven months, a county man has died from gunshot wounds in a drug deal gone bad, another from shots fired from the weapon of the county’s animal control officer.

When you use a vehicle to ram police vehicles and try to run down a police officer, you are asking to die/ But what has spurred this onslaught of violence in recent months? Is it an outgrowth of a nation under stress? Drugs? Mental instability?

We won’t know the details on how and why V.J. Lumia died until the investigation is complete.  From the preliminary reports, it appears the State Trooper, indentified only as a "27-year-veteran of the department" was justified in opening fire.

But three violent deaths by gunfire in seven months in a county where gunshot wounds are normally the result of hunting accidents seems to defy the odds.

What the hell is going on?


  1. I do not blame him. I only want him to think before he writes. I know his job is to report the news no matter who or what. The way you write a head line and the story is what I am talking about. The truth is there is no one to blame. This too was a tragic accident…

  2. What happened was a tragic accident, there is no one to blame. But the way you write stories, hurts our family.My brother Bucky and Mr. Belcher were victims of a Tradgic accident, that took the life of Mr. Belcher.We are so sorry that he lost his life, and the family lost a beloved member. As I already said they were both victims of a bad accident.If we could only change the past, or see into the future, but no one has that ability……….

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