Statement from Chief of Police

Statement from Chief of Police


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On March 14, 2022, the City of Covington Police Department, tragically lost one of our own.  It is with a sincere heavy heart that I must share with our community that Police Officer Caleb Ogilvie, 35, was shot and killed while responding to a call at Covington’s Farm and Fuel around 4:30 pm yesterday.  We ask that you keep Officer Ogilvie’s family, especially his young children in your thoughts and prayers during difficult this time, as they work to process and deal with this devastating loss.  Covington Police Department and all of our area public safety agencies responded and are impacted by this incident as well.  We have been touched and amazed at the outpouring of support from our community for Officer Ogilvie’s family, our department, and all those in public safety.  This loss while responding to a call is a first for Covington Police Department and something, quite frankly our community, nor I as Chief ever thought would happen here.

Officer Ogilvie, served others through and through during his life that was cut short.  He was a Marine, serving active duty from, 2006 to 2010 being honorably discharged and re-enlisting in Reserve Duty from 2011 to 2016.  He also served as an EMT in the Roanoke area assisting those in medical emergencies. Ogilvie completed the Cardinal Police Training Academy in August 2021 with high remarks and formally joined our Department. His engaging personality, dedication to serving others, and great sense of humor quickly endeared him to his Covington Police family and our community. This senseless loss is being felt by so many today and will be in the days to come.

At 2:00 PM the procession from the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke will begin with Officer Ogilvie, taking him to our local funeral home, Nicely’s in Clifton Forge.  The procession is expected to arrive locally in Clifton Forge around 2:45 PM. Folks may line the streets along the route to express their condolences if they wish.

At this time, Covington Police Department also offers our deepest sympathies to the family of other victims involved Randall Lee Paxton, 64. Our community mourns their loss as well.

The Virginia State Police is conducting the investigation into this tragic incident and will provide investigative briefings when appropriate.

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