Though there were reports of an active shooter inside a home just outside Galax city limits Monday night, there was none in an incident in which police said a responding Galax police officer was assaulted by a man without a weapon.
“911 took several hangup calls from a number,” said Galax Police Capt. James Cox. “Then when they called one more time, the dispatcher couldn't understand the caller.”
This turned out to be because the suspected caller, Thomas Heath Downing, 40, of Willow Bend Drive, was deaf, Cox said.