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.