This morning Danville Police Investigators searched the residence located at 112 Sweetbriar Drive under the authority of a search warrant to look for evidence of child pornography. The residents of the home were not there. One of the residents, Don Jeffrey Scott, age 54 was located and informed that the search was occurring. There were no arrest warrants for Scott at that time. Subsequent attempts by Danville Police to contact Scott were unsuccessful. Family members began to have communication with Scott and believed that he may harm himself. They in turn contacted Danville Police with this information.
A regional broadcast was put out to area law enforcement to be on the lookout for Scott's vehicle. In addition, a warrant for possessing child pornography was obtained for Scott once evidence of child pornography was located at his residence. He and his vehicle were placed into NCIC (National Crime Information Center.)
Possible locations were checked by law enforcement throughout the day, and information was received at approximately 3:44 pm that Scott may be at Danville Memorial Gardens located on Route 58 West. Officers and Investigators immediately started to that location. A team of Investigators arrived and quickly located Scott's vehicle. They pulled up behind the vehicle, which was stopped and ordered him to exit the vehicle. At that time Investigators heard what sounded like a gunshot and found Don Scott with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his chest. A hand gun was also found at the scene.
Emergency Medical Personnel had already been called and were responding. They quickly arrived on scene and began resuscitation efforts. He was transported to Danville Regional Medical Center and was pronounced dead shortly before 5:00 pm.
The investigation is continuing.
Ref: VA State Code 18.2-374.1:1