Alexander Wyatt Campbell is found to be an active shooter who is accused of murdering two law enforcement officers. The incident happened on the campus of Bridgewater College in Virginia. He is identified to be the former student who ran on the track-and-field.
Alexander Wyatt Campbell Wiki
Alexander was born and raised in Ashland, Virginia who is 27 years at the moment. He is a resident of Richmond who attended Patrick Henry High School and also enrolled at Bridgewater College for further education. His father’s name is William Campbell who died in 2009 while his mother is Cheryl Campbell. His two brothers William Austin and Grant McBryde both are elders than him. The whole family was residing in Parham Chapel when his father died after a long battle with brain cancer in 2009. His motive for murdering the police officials is yet unclear. However, he has been incarcerated in the Rockingham County Jail. The college president said in a statement, “This is a sad and dark day for Bridgewater College”.
Bridgewater College Shooting
The police officials said in a conference that the incident happened on 1st February 2022 when one of the active shooters began at around 1:20 p.m. at the time when two officers were responding to the call for a suspicious male. The suspicious male was identified to be located on the ground of the memorial hall on campus. The police officials rectified the case and identified the suspicious man as Campbell.
After a brief interaction, the suspect opened fire. He shot the two officers dead and then fled away from the spot. The massive law enforcement came into an active mode when the death occurred at the scene. Campbell was taken into custody immediately after the death of two officers. For many hours, the details were not given to anyone outside of law enforcement. But, quickly it was revealed that Campbell was the active shooter on the campus.
Campbell also hurt himself. He possesses a non-life-threatening wound. The authorities are yet to confirm whether or not he was shot by the Bridgewater college police officer or he shot himself. The authorities are working on this. However, multiple firearms are associated with Campbell for now. He was living in Ashland, Virginia. He is currently charged with four felonies including two counts of capital murder. The weapons have been recovered from Campbell. Those were the officers and the campus employees who saw the location of Campbell and confirmed the happening of the murder of the officers who were shot to death at the spot.
Alexander Wyatt Campbell Biography
|Real Name||Alexander Wyatt Campbell|
|Age (as of 2022)||27 Years|
|Birth Place||Ashland, Virginia, USA|
|Residence||Richmond, Virginia, USA|
|Brother||Two (William Austin & Grant McBryde)|
|School||Patrick Henry High School|
|Who is his girlfriend?||–|
Alexander Wyatt Campbell Standout Athlete
Alexander Wyatt Campbell is known to be on the Bridgewater track team in the past. According to Curt Autry, a journalist from NBC12 confirmed that Campbell was a former student who was once a stand-out on Bridgewater’s track team. He also reported that Campbell was one of the active participants of track at Patrick Henry High School and he completed his graduation in 2013. Campbell has also earned a record of scoring for at least 5,000 meters race in a single season. The suspect has now been taken into custody and the college employees have confirmed the news or the complete name of Campbell.
The college website was taken down because of the incident and later went back up. The incident consisted of a series of emergency alerts. The first report of the active shooter came just after 1:24 p.m. After a minute, the college posted a message that this was not the test and there is yet more information to follow. Later, the website touts Bridgewater college as one of the “safest colleges” in Virginia.
Slain Officers: “Dynamic Duo”
The painter had a long career in law enforcement. According to his LinkedIn profile, he was the chief of the police appointed at the Town of Grottoes for years. Previously, he served as the police sergeant and officer for the Grottoes force. He has also remained a police officer for Elton Police. According to Daily News, Painter was a retired personality from Grottoes’ position who received his retirement in 2019. Later, he got himself listed on the list of campus police officers at the college.
Now, officers John Painter and J.J. Jefferson are remembered as a hero. Both the officers were so close to each other that Painter even attended Jefferson’s recent marriage and served as a best man. The police officials have released the name of Alexander Wyatt Campbell in the news on the evening of 1st February 2022. Thereafter, the names of the officers were released. The officer named Painter was a campus law enforcement officer while Jefferson was a campus safety officer. Both have been allegedly killed and shot to death.