UPDATE: Suspect identified after police pursuit
The suspect from the Sept. 8 police pursuit has been identified as Michael B. Lilly, age 39 of Salem, VA. Yesterday’s pursuit began at approximately 2:36 p.m., and the suspect was immediately taken into custody at the conclusion of pursuit around 2:58 p.m. Lilly was then released to EMS personnel and transported to the Lewis Gale Medical Center in Salem for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. Law enforcement accompanied EMS to the hospital due to the danger the suspect poses to the community and have been sitting with him at the hospital since. Given that Lilly’s medical condition prohibits transporting him to a magistrate’s office, warrants have been obtained but have not yet been served for the following charges:
§18.2-25/18.2-31 Attempted Aggravated Murder of Police Officer—6 counts (Class 2 Felony);
§46.2-817 Elude Police—1 count (Class 6 Felony);
§18.2-382 Brandishing a Firearm—1 count (Class 1 Misdemeanor) and
§46.2-862 Reckless Driving—1 count (Class 1 Misdemeanor).
The Christiansburg Police Department may place additional charges after the investigation is concluded. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Salem Police Department are investigating and may place additional charges in their respective jurisdictions, as well.