UPDATE: Huddleston murder suspect was released from jail less than 48 hours before fatal shooting

GEORGE TORODE

1:05 pm Updated news release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: The victim of this morning’s shooting is Kimberly Meador, age 47, 1021 Crabapple Lane, Huddleston. Torode and Meador were well known to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office due to their ongoing domestic issues.  On Saturday September 3, 2016, Meador went to the Bedford County Magistrate’s Office and obtained a warrant for Assault and Battery and an Emergency Protective Order for Torode. The protective order stated that he was not to have any contact with her. He was arrested on that warrant and served the protective order on Sunday morning, September 4, 2016 and released from jail on a $2,500.00 unsecure bond.

10:13 AM Here’s the updated release from Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: A man matching the description of George Torode was been found deceased of what appears to be self inflicted injuries. The body will be sent to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke. Investigators are no longer searching for George Torode.
(Continue reading for an earlier news release.)

8:16AM Here’s the press release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: At 1: 30 a.m. Tuesday morning Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call of a shooting on Crabapple Lane in Huddleston, VA. Bedford County sheriff deputies responded and spoke to a witness who stated that he was in the residence with a female when George Torode entered the residence with a rifle. The witness told deputies that Torode began shooting and when the rifle jammed, the witness was able to run out the back door.  While he was running away, the witness heard gunshots inside the residence. He then went to another residence where he called 911. Upon checking the residence, deputies located a white female deceased inside the residence. At this time Investigators are still on the scene and deputies are attempting to locate George Torode. Deputies do not have a clothing description and do not know what vehicle he is driving. Anyone with information on Torode’s location is asked to call 911 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stopper callers remain anonymous and can receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00.

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