The Virginia State Police investigation continues into the shootings that

occurred overnight at a residence in Nellysford.

The first shooting occurred shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 14) when

James C. Saunderson, 47, and a 45-year-old female got into an argument at

their residence in the 800 block of Rodes Valley Drive. During the course

of the argument, Saunderson began firing a handgun at the female, who was

able to flee the residence in her vehicle.

She drove herself to a Wintergreen Fire Department station and was

transported to UVA Medical Center. She is still being treated for serious,

but non-life threatening, injuries.

The Nelson County Sheriff's Office immediately responded to the residence

on Rodes Valley Drive. As the deputies approached the residence, they heard

gunshots fired from inside the house.

The Virginia State Police was requested to respond to the scene and set up

a perimeter around the house to contain the scene. Despite numerous

attempts throughout the night by state police, no contact was made with the

individual inside the residence.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence. Upon making entry into the

residence Friday morning, the Virginia State Police Tactical Team located

Saunderson inside and deceased. A handgun was recovered at the scene. His

remains have been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner for

autopsy and examination.

There was no one else inside the residence when Saunderson was found. No

law enforcement personnel discharged their weapons during the course of the


The investigation remains ongoing at this time.