By Randy Arrington
JOLLETT HOLLOW, July 13 — While details remain few at this point, around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday the Page County Sheriff’s Office confirmed earlier reports on social media that the manhunt for Timothy Thomas Comer has ended with an arrest.
Page County Sheriff Chad Cubbage simply posted the word, “!!! CAPTURED !!!” above a photo of Comer on the department’s Facebook page, along with the following message:
“More information will be released soon. Thanks to all agencies involved, the citizens, church’s and civic groups that donated food, the prayers and the support! This was a community effort.”
Ever since the June 29 shooting of Gregory Lee Williams, 69, in the 5600 block of Jollett Road, local law enforcement has been searching for Comer in southern Page County near the Naked Creek and Jollett Hollow area and in Rockingham County just north of Elkton. Heavy police presence was seen in those areas all this week.
On Wednesday, Sheriff Cubbage announced the inclusion of U.S. Marshals in the search along with several regional agencies, as well as a $2,500 reward for information on Comer’s whereabouts.
“Resources from the Virginia State Police, Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, Shenandoah Police Department, and now U.S. Marshals are aggressively pursuing all leads, tips, and information…Every available resource is being utilized,” the Page County sheriff stated on Wednesday.
Earlier this afternoon, the Page County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement on social media that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had joined the search and were “offering a reward of $7,500 information leading to the arrest of the suspect at large. An anonymous donation has now made the reward a total of up to $10,000.”
About five hours after that post was made (just before 10 p.m. Thursday evening), reports started popping up on social media that an arrest had been made.
Comer is wanted on a felony charge of possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony, as well as being a key suspect in the June 29 shooting and a July 9 fire that resulted in a home in the 5000 block of Jollett Road being reduced to ashes. An investigation the next day revealed two bodies believed to be a woman and her grandson who lived at the residence, according to sources.
Investigators are treating the shooting as a homicide and the “suspicious” fire as arson.
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