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One dead, one wounded in county
No charges filed in Saturday shooting
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The parking lot of the Econo Lodge in Collinsville was the scene of a shooting early Saturday. (Bulletin photo)

Sunday, August 4, 2013


The Henry County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday night had made no arrest in connection with a shooting incident earlier in the day at the Econo Lodge on Virginia Avenue that left one man dead.

Someone has come forward and said he was responsible for the dead man’s injuries, but the sheriff’s office is thoroughly investigating the incident before any charges are issued, authorities said.

According to a sheriff’s office news release, Jimmy Bernard Tinsley, 36, whose last known address was 405 Clearview Drive, Martinsville, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville where he was pronounced dead.

Brandon Denzel Eggleston, 21, of 1003 Mountain Road, Martinsville, suffered a gunshot wound to the face in the incident, the release stated. He also was taken to Memorial but then was transferred to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Eggleston was listed in good condition Saturday night, said Carilion spokesman Eric Earnhardt.

The person who has said he was responsible for Tinsley’s injuries is cooperating with the investigation, as are other people, according to a sheriff’s office release issued Saturday.

No arrests had been made as of Saturday night, Capt. Eric Winn of the sheriff’s office said. He added that investigators do not think Tinsley and Eggleston were shot by the same person.

Authorities were not saying whether they have a motive for the shootings.

The 911 center received a call about a shooting in the parking lot of the Econo Lodge, 1755 Virginia Ave., Martinsville, at 12:54 a.m. Saturday, according to a sheriff’s office release.

Officers arrived and found the shooting victims. Deputies and investigators interviewed numerous people who were at the scene when the shootings occurred, the release stated.

“Quite a few people” were at the motel when the shootings happened, Winn said. Some were staying there and some apparently were visiting, he said.

According to witnesses, there were multiple individuals discharging firearms, and investigators are working to locate these individuals, a release stated.

Bobby Patel, manager of the Econo Lodge, said later Saturday that neither shooting victim had rented a room at the motel.

“People came from outside,” he said, adding that the motel was only about 25 percent occupied that night.

He had no information on the incident, but he did say no one from the motel was injured.

Tinsley’s body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke where an autopsy is scheduled to be performed Monday, one of the releases stated.

The Martinsville Police Department also responded to the call and assisted with the investigation, which is ongoing, a release added.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 632-7463.

The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $1,000 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.


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