Sunday, August 7, 2022

Jamestown-Scotland Ferry suspends service following sheriff’s deputy-involved shooting

Update 7:11 p.m. — The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry has resumed normal operations following an earlier incident that blocked Route 31 (Rolfe Highway). The Virginia State Police said troopers have reopened Rolfe Highway to traffic.

Update 4:45 p.m. — The ferry was suspended after a man was shot by a Surry County Sheriff’s deputy, according to a news release from Virginia State Police.

At around 1 p.m., officers received a call that a suspicious man was walking along Route 31 near Tappahanna Hundred. When deputies arrived on the scene they found the man with a piece of wood and a sharp object in his hands while yelling at passing drivers.

Deputies approached the man cautiously and asked him to drop the objects. The man refused to comply and then charged at the deputies.

The man was subsequently shot by one of the deputies and then taken to Riverside State Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities are unsure as of 5 p.m. Friday on when the ferry serice will resume, said Sgt. Michelle Anaya, spokeswoman for Virginia State Police.


The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry has suspended operations because of an incident on Friday afternoon.

Both directions of Route 31, Rolfe Highway, in Surry County are blocked, according to a news release from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Drivers are recommended to use Route 17 and the James River Bridge or Route 156 and the Benjamin Harrison Bridge as alternate routes, the release said.

There is no estimate of when the ferry will resume operations as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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