Two Beaufort County Men Charged In Virginia Police Chase

Two Beaufort County man are accused of leading Virginia police on a high speed chase on Friday during which shots were fired.

Today Franklin, Virginia police identified the two as Dennis Blount of Washington and Rockne Butler of Pantego.

Butler is charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer, using a firearm in commission of a felony and providing false identity to police. Blount is charged with possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony and felony eluding police.

Police say during the chase someone in the car fired on officers before the car ran into a wall and the two men were arrested.

Police they tried to stop the vehicle after the two men inside began acting suspicious. They are still investigating whether they are connected with a murder that happened earlier that morning in the very same neighborhood.

Blount and Butler are being held in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail without bond.


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  • by Family Member on May 16, 2010 at 05:33 PM
    I sit back and read over these ridiculous accusations and racial propaganda and shake my head. At the end of the day, 2 men have lost their lives. These men are not to be looked at criminals!! What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty. These men are sons, fathers, uncles, brothers, cousins and friends. Never judge a book by its cover, if you were not there then you don't know what happened, let the judge and jury decide. And sometimes they are wrong. I happened to be a close relative to one of these suspects and my heart cries everytime I hear mention of his name, because none of you up here see the pain in his kids eyes or the pain in his mothers voice. Instead you talk about black and white or Obama and Bush, ARE YOU SERIOUS!! Lets remember we are all human and we all bleed the same color. At the end of the day, only one person can truly judge us!! Remember that....he who does not live in a glass house, cast the first stone!! God Bless you all.......
  • by Speechless Location: unknown on Jan 31, 2009 at 08:45 PM
    I got to know Mr.Blount, I know that he is not capable of shooting at police officers. I feel he was in bad company. Mr. Blount tried so hard to make it out here in this cold world. He went to school and finished school to get his truck driver licenses. It was hard for him to get a job with the way the economy is. So please don't pass judgement on someone you don't know. Mr. Blount had a very big heart and will help anyone he possibly could. He is in my prayers.
  • by BROOKLYN Location: NEW YORK on Jan 29, 2009 at 06:58 PM
    wow what a shame. what kind of police are in VA? I they are always saying someone looks suspicious! question! how does one look suspicious? it os crazy how the officers of this world put things on people. that is until they get caught doing stuff there self. Those guys are from out of state and VA is going to try and fry them. I pray for them guys and hope they get a fair trial. Good Luck
  • by James Location: Swan Quarter on Jan 28, 2009 at 08:39 PM
    Thank God they finally got Butler.
  • by Buford Location: NC on Jan 28, 2009 at 07:41 PM
    To all you lesser intelligent people that keep bringing politics and the president into a never land of problems... We are trained to look for suspicious acting people. Red,Yellow, Blue, Green, or Indigo, Makes no difference to us. We are here to do the job that we have accepted, and obviously love. We are not perfect, and we do not claim to be. We try to respond to all crime as crime unfolds. That is what we are paid for. If we despond to 10 calls, and 9 are African American and 1 is all the other races, that does not make us the "P" word. I am Irish, and soon you will run out of excuses like, My people were slaves, Because I'm black...Crime is Crime, No matter who you are, or what color you are. We are all, all in this world together. IF you commit a crime, I WILL be after you. Buford
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Jan 28, 2009 at 07:38 PM
    Registered Libertarian....I obviously lost you somewhere baby...so pay attention. My attempt was to explain to Joseph...that his statement... "Ignorant minorities voting just for color not the right reasons...was stupid. In fact..you are right...it took the white vote, Asian, Hispanic, Native American people TOGETHER to put Obama in office. We came together and became the majority. What would that make the people voting for McLame? *Hint* minority< And you can't set me straight on the months...weren't you one...who said there was only a month for blacks? I knew different because i had the same arguement last year...and will have it next year. And if those races don't celebrate like African Americans do...who is to blame? And a lot of people have more room to say something about their rights being abused....I was only replying to the asinine statement that there was only a month for blacks...tisk tisk... Did you fact check me? Obama may not like what I say..but i'm not president!
  • by so Location: sickofit on Jan 28, 2009 at 06:12 PM
    BLAH.BLAH,BLAH Two worthless men broke the law and two worthless men shall go to JAIL!Black,White or Indifferent!
  • by Registered Libertarian on Jan 28, 2009 at 05:48 PM
    I am sure discrimination occurs within the police. Policeman are human and I am sure a black man has been pulled because he was black, but I have been pulled before by a black officer. He openly confessed that he didn't know who was speeding and still gave me the ticket. He was nice enough to reduce the speed though. I don't think he pulled me because I was white, but because he made a mistake. But there are black cops who discriminate as well. What about when a black cop arrests a black person? Is it ok then? I see it all the time. I will admit sometimes a cop is prejudice, but sometimes the person is actually in the wrong. It is just easier to say the cop "has it our for you" than it is to admit guilt. When a black cop pulls a white person; is it racism all the time? I don't normally take this side because I think some cops naturally have a chip on their sholder with something to prove, but come on "innocent" people do not run away and fire at the police.
  • by Registered Libertarian on Jan 28, 2009 at 05:21 PM
    Aplha Female. May set you straight. More white people voted for Obama. Without the white vote Obama wouldn't have stood a chance. I voted for Obama and I am proud of my choice for president, but you are taking it to the extreme. I have met numerous african american teenagers who have shown more grace than you have about this victory. BTW, just to correct you about Ethnic months. There may be different months dedicated to different ethnic groups, but none of them are publically acknowledged like Black History Month. A 85 Japanese American who was pulled from their home, stripped of their rights, and placed in a concentration camp has more room to talk about injustice than you. I can say that with 100% certainity. I am sure Obama would not approve of your action, since he wants to bring America together, not separate it.
  • by Janelle Location: Belhaven on Jan 28, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    The police have every right and duty to investigate someone that is acting suspiciously. How do you think they prevent some crimes from occurring? The fact that these 2 men lead the poilce on a chase and shot at them is automatically a felony, and makes the police suspicious of other activity. You don't run from the cops for no reason. And they were obviously committing a crime, since one was a felon in possession of a firearm. That's a crime! THIS IS NOT A RACIAL ISSUE!! These men were committing crimes, and I am glad that they are now off of the streets. It's about time people stop playing the race card. Start taking recognition of the negative actions of those in your community and do something proactive about it. Make this world a better place for our children.
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