Charges pending against Covington man after shootout with deputies

Jody Kern mugshot from 2015.
Jody Kern mugshot from 2015.(Alleghany County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jun. 10, 2022 at 5:25 AM EDT
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ALLEGHANY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - A man was arrested after an officer-involved shooting in Alleghany County Thursday night.

Virginia State Police say the incident began around 11:30 p.m. when an Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on 44-year-old Jody Allen Kern, of Covington, who was on the eastbound side of I-64 at mile marker 20.

During the stop, a deputy requested a drug K-9 to search the Toyota Camry Kern was driving. When deputies asked Kern to exit the vehicle, he refused and drove away, initiating a chase, according to police.

Deputies say they conducted a roadblock to stop the Camry Kern was driving. Kern then shot at deputies and was hit by returning fire, according to police.

Kern was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Charges are pending against Kern for Attempted Capital Murder and Possession of Narcotics.

No law enforcement officers were injured in the exchange and a gun was recovered at the scene.

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