One of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department investigators who worked closely with the Virginia State Police tactical teams said today that the three fatigue-clad state troopers I overheard bragging about scaring county residents and referring to local police officers as "Barney Fifes" were not members of the tactical teams.
All state troopers assigned to Floyd County during the weeklong search for Steven Dale Branscome, accused of shooting at Virginia State Trooper after a chase that ended in West Virginia, wore fatigues but not all were members of the force’s tactical teams.
I have confirmed that the three officers I overheard were not members of the tactical teams.
My apologies to the tactical teams for incorrectly identifying the officers as members of their units. I’m glad to hear they were more professional than the officers I encountered on that day in the Blue Ridge Resturant.