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The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, under the leadership of Sheriff Richard Vaughan, provides law enforcement and emergency services to the citizens of the county. The Sheriff’s Office currently consists of 33 state or grant funded sworn and civilian employees. These positions include law enforcement officers, communications officers, school resource officers, court security and civil officers as well as support personnel.

The deputies patrol the 451 square miles of Grayson County, Virginia answering a variety of calls for service. Communications officers in the Dispatch Center receive over 550 calls each month.

The department is dedicated to the service and protection of the community. Please explore this site to learn more about the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

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The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office recently held its awards luncheon at the sheriff’s office.  Sheriff Richard Vaughan said “I am very proud of our Deputies and staff who work very hard each and every day to serve the citizens of Grayson County.  All of our staff are worthy of being commended for their efforts”.   Four Deputies were presented plaques for leading the department in arrests in certain categories.  The Employee/Deputy of the Year was voted on by staff.

Pictured from left – Chief Deputy David Ashby, Deputy Drew McCraw – Top Drug Arrests for 2017; Top DUI Enforcement 2017 – Jason Carico; Top Criminal Arrests for 2017 – Deputy Jeremy Moss; Employee of the Year for 2017 – Sgt. Doug Waller; Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

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Members of the Grayson County Sheriff's Office, Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police, & Conservation Police Officers with the Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries responded to a shooting that occurred on the New River just east of the Town of Fries at 9:30 p.m. Saturday evening. Witnesses told officers that four subjects were floating the New River in a 10' jon boat when their boat overturned near the old Fries Ferry. The two male subjects were involved in a confrontation when one of them was shot in the arm. The shooter fled the scene on foot. The victim was treated by members of Fries Rescue and Deputy Brandon Phillips utilized a military medical tourniquet to stabilize the victim who was then flown to Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem NC. Approximately 25 law enforcement officers set up a perimeter between the incident scene, the low water bridge and the New River Trail. Trooper Cameron Keesling and his blood hound along with tactical team members from GCSO, CCSO, VSP & DGIF tracked the subject in high grass and weeds along the New River. Deputy Bobby Jones was the first to spot the subject lying in the high grass with a loaded handgun and was taken into custody without incident. John Ford Gilliam, 47, of Woodlawn was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony and is currently being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond. The victim is in stable condition. Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan commended everyone involved with the search. "This was another great example of state and local officers working together as a team." Fries & Galax Fire Dept provided infrared devices to assist officers with the search. ... See MoreSee Less

Members of the Grayson County Sheriffs Office, Carroll County Sheriffs Office, Virginia State Police, & Conservation Police Officers with the Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries responded to a shooting that occurred on the New River just east of the Town of Fries at 9:30 p.m. Saturday evening.  Witnesses told officers that four subjects were floating the New River in a 10 jon boat when their boat overturned near the old Fries Ferry. The two male subjects were involved in a confrontation when one of them was shot in the arm. The shooter fled the scene on foot.  The victim was treated by members of Fries Rescue and Deputy Brandon Phillips utilized a military medical tourniquet to stabilize the victim who was then flown to Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem NC. Approximately 25 law enforcement officers set up a perimeter between the incident scene, the low water bridge and the New River Trail. Trooper Cameron Keesling and his blood hound along with tactical team members from GCSO, CCSO, VSP & DGIF tracked the subject in high grass and weeds along the New River.  Deputy Bobby Jones was the first to spot the subject lying in the high grass with a loaded handgun and was taken into custody without incident. John Ford Gilliam, 47, of Woodlawn was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony and is currently being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.  The victim is in stable condition. Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan commended everyone involved with the search. This was another great example of state and local officers working together as a team. Fries & Galax Fire Dept provided infrared devices to assist officers with the search.

 

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Well my mother almost drown tonight. She lost consciousness for god knows how long and was never checked out by a medical professional but was detained at the fries rescue squad for hours. John almost drown tonight and was also was in SHOCK. Kirts girlfriend was covered in his blood and also was not checked out by medical professionals yet there were 25 officers there and they were told they were basically at the bottom of the list tonight. What if my mother would have died from water in her lungs tonight considering she has c.o.p.d and emphysema then struggled hard enough to breath that she collapsed. Seems that a lot was overlooked due to judgment and I’m disappointed in the lack of care for ALL involved in this.

Story is a little vague. 4 floating in Jon boat, overturned, so... the shooter was one of the 4. ?? Confrontation lead to shooting? Why is anyone carrying a weapon while floating new river ? Makes you think twice about going fishing!!!!!!

Kudos to ALL 1st responders!!! You guys are our heroes! Imagine having a family member as a 1st responder and all you know is they are in the middle of all of that and you have no idea if they are safe 🤷🏼‍♀️ remember there are protocols to situations and our heroes have been trained to respond as appropriate 💗 Public Safety is #1

John who now is in jail did not mean to shoot curt. He was freaking out it was an accident. Curt is home now hes in pain but hes alive.

Instead of faulting them for what you all think they didnt do how about you thank them for what they did do. An active shooter, one wounded, and 3 others on an overturned boat. There is a lot to their job and that goes for law enforcement and our emts that were there. For those of you who haven't done something along those lines dont judge and for those of you saying what were they doing out at night Marketa Bobbitt couldn't have said it better catfishing is best at night. I was fishing last night myself in a different location because that's when they bite the best.

Thank you to all our law enforcement and first responders! Tough job and I appreciate all of you.

I swear people are so ignorant lol.. Chelc Bobbitt Marketa Bobbitt our mother is safe and she was involved in the incident. I’ve fished at night more than I ever have during the day in boat out of boat does not matter.. under currents and sinkholes are real and they will pull you under.. active shooter.. come on now we all know John. Known him 25 years. Panic can happen to anyone... I love how some of these people try their to act.. best thing to do. If you don’t know the true story just keep your mouth shut.. that’s why rumors are started....

The persons involved has children and family who can read all of this . Take the arguments n gossiping elsewhere. None of this made any sense, the incident or these comments !!!!

Next time something like this happens y’all stay off Facebook. Don’t start rumors. I saw people posting about assault rifles, 3-5 confirmed shot, mass casualties... y’all really ain’t got nothing better to do than start drama when something serious is happening? Glad everyone is safe, though. Glad it wasn’t what it was made out to be.

Thank you for keeping us safe! Job well done!

If u can't swim don't be in the water. And float with betters friends

Job wey done law enforcement and rescue appreciate people who have a rough time dealing with the public.

Thankful that no lives were lost last night. Congratulations to all our law enforcement officers on a job well done.

Thank you to all in keeping us safe. Good job of working together.

Maybe I am the only one, but I am totally confused by the article and the responses below.

Great job by all!

Brandi please be careful what you say. I know your intent is pure but you have spin Dr. That by the time they are done. You would be shocked I would delete message and only talk to attorney . No one is your friend when the are trying to get a conviction. Glad your safe.

Great job by all involved. You are appreciated.

Thank god everyone is alive!!!! Thank you God

Lmmfao. Hahaha don't rock the boat might get shot. Omg

The Pipers Gap EMTs have taken me to the local hospital several times, saving my life once. I am extremely grateful for their services and quick response.

Thanks to all law reinforcements for a job well done and keeping us all safe....

People on Facebook had us believing someone was standing on the riverbank picking off random boaters. We were all concerned and saying our prayers. I’m just glad it wasn’t worse than it was!

Thank you to all first responders and law enforcement. Great job!

4 people in a 10ft Jon boat. Lol I bet they felt like sardines.

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The contest is open to anyone, so forward this email to your friends, neighbors and National Night Out guests to give them a chance to win. We’ve also attached a social media post with step by step instructions to help you get the word out to all your followers. Spread the word and help us reduce crime in your neighborhood!

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This year for National Night Out, we have partnered with RING.  They are  giving away a FREE Ring Security Kit to 20 lucky winners! 

The contest is open to anyone, so forward this email to your friends, neighbors and National Night Out guests to give them a chance to win. We’ve also attached a social media post with step by step instructions to help you get the word out to all your followers. Spread the word and help us reduce crime in your neighborhood!

For a chance to win, simply fill out the submission form on this Ring+NNO page ring.com/win/ksindepen. The contest runs from July 12 to July 24, so enter before it’s too late! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  U.S. residents only. 18+. See Official Rules.

And be sure to visit Ring.com/nno2018 to see how Ring and National Night Out are working together to reduce local crime and to learn how you can get more involved.

The men & women of the Grayson County Sheriff's Office would like to wish everyone a safe and happy #4thOfJuly. ... See MoreSee Less

The men & women of the Grayson County Sheriffs Office would like to wish everyone a safe and happy #4thOfJuly.

 

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As a Virginian living in Florida wishing Grayson County sheriff's department the safest 4th of July Be safe out there God-bless

I appreciate yaw and the work u do. When yaw gonna take some time out for yaws self and enter the lip sync battle? Love yaw

Happy 4th y'all! Thanks for your service and all you do daily to keep our community safe!

Thank you for you service. Stay safe out there!

Hey Richard, would you tag each deputy so we can put names to a face

God bless and keep his shield of armour over all of you!!!

Thank yall for everything that yall do

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