Vinton Police Officer Danny Cox has been named Officer of the Month for October.
According to Vinton Police Chief Tom Foster, “On October 5, Officer Cox received information that a subject with an outstanding felony warrant was entering the Town of Vinton by vehicle. Officer Cox located the vehicle traveling in the 400 block of West Virginia Avenue. As the officer positioned to stop the vehicle, the subject’s vehicle came to a stop and the suspect fled on foot.
“Due to having a previous history with the offender, and that he was known to carry a weapon, precautions were taken by Officer Cox to ensure the safety of not only himself, but his fellow officers,” said Foster.
“After a cordon and a canvass of the area, the driver was apprehended,” Foster added. “During the search, a Glock pistol was located in the roadway. Upon further checking, it was determined that the pistol was reportedly stolen out of the City of Salem.”
At the conclusion of the investigation, the suspect was arrested and charged with receipt of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obstruction of justice, driving with a suspended or revoked license, and possession of marijuana.
“Through proactive policing, Officer Cox was able to apprehend a dangerous felon who was in possession of a firearm,” said Foster. “Officer Cox is dedicated to giving the maximum effort and doesn’t hesitate to step up when challenging situations occur.”