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Hero Down: Covington Police Officer Caleb Ogilvie Murdered By Gunman

By Holly Matkin and Sandy Malone

Covington, VA – Covington Police Department (CPD) Officer Caleb Ogilvie was murdered in the line of duty while responding to a domestic disturbance on Monday night.

The incident began at about 4:30 p.m. on March 14 when 42-year-old Toney Poulston, Jr. went into the Farm & Fuel gas station located on North Allegheny Avenue to confront 64-year-old Randall Lee Paxton, a relative who worked at the store, WTVR reported.

Virginia State Police (VSP) said that Covington police officers and Allegheny County sheriff’s deputies responded to the store after someone called and reported Poulston’s “erratic and escalating” behavior.

Authorities said the confrontation escalated quickly and Poulston pulled out a gun and fatally shot Paxton, WTVR reported.

Poulston was armed and leaving the store when law enforcement officers arrived at the gas station.

A gunfight ensued and a Covington police officer was fatally shot, WTVR reported.

He was later identified as Officer Ogilvie.

Poulston was also killed during the exchange of gunfire.

Paxton’s wife was inside the store when her husband was shot, but she was not injured, WTVR reported.

VSP said no other customers, employees, or law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.

Virginia State Police will be heading up the investigation into the incident, WDBJ reported.

CPD Chief Christopher Smith announced Officer Ogilvie’s death in a Facebook post Tuesday morning.

“It is with deep regret that I must share with our community the news that Police Officer Caleb Ogilvie, 35, was shot and killed while responding to a domestic shooting at the Covington Farm and Fuel Monday afternoon,” Chief Smith wrote.

“On behalf of the City of Covington Police Department, I want to express my gratitude for the incredible outpouring of support from the residents of Covington and Alleghany County,” he added.

Officer Ogilvie served his country as a U.S. Marine and in the Reserves prior to joining the CPD, according to a fundraising page established to help his family in the wake of their loss.

He graduated from the law enforcement academy in May of last year, WSLS reported.

Officer Ogilvie leaves behind his wife and their two young daughters, as well as his ex-wife and their two children, according to Fund the First.

“He was an amazing father, husband and friend,” one fundraising page read. “He spent his life serving his country as a Marine and Law Enforcement Officer.”

Donors have contributed over $20,000 to the fundraising effort so far.

Virginia Governor Glen Youngkin posted condolences online Tuesday morning.

The First Lady and I are devastated by the tragic loss of a Covington Police Officer,” Youngkin tweeted. “This serves as a reminder that law enforcement officers risk their lives every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the fallen officer during this difficult time.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Covington Police Department Officer Caleb Ogilvie, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Officer Caleb Ogilvie, your life mattered.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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