Montgomery Regional Hospital guard Derrick McFarland, who had come to the aid of the deputy who had escorted Morva from the county jail to the hospital after Morva complained of injuries. Morva overpowered the deputy and allegedly used his gun to kill McFarland before fleeing on foot. He was recaptured at 3:30 p.m yesterday, hiding in a briar patch near the Huckleberry Trail where Blacksburg police allege he hours earlier fatally shot deputy Eric Sutphin, 40. Sutphin had been taking part in the townwide manhunt to capture Morva yesterday when he was shot to death at 7 a.m.
Got that? The man was a prisoner in jail and despite that managed to kill a hospital guard and a sheriff's deputy. Obviously, incarceration is not a guarantee that someone who is violent enough and determined enough, will not kill. Some people who can't get it just need to be executed so we can sleep safely at night.
By the way, the slain deputy was no stranger to violence, despite Montgomery County being a fairly safe place: he was the recipient of the Governor's Medal of Valor award and a sheriffs association Valor Award for the following:
[Cpl.]Sutphin responded May 9, 2003, to a convenience store in Christiansburg, where a shoplifting suspect had assaulted officer Scott Hylton, seized his service weapon and fatally shot the officer. When Sutphin arrived at the store, the suspect was trying to drive away. Sutphin rammed the getaway car, striking the driver's side door with his car. Sutphin exchanged gunfire with the suspect and was wounded in the exchange.Sutphin was among three officers who eventually cornered the suspect, killing him after he pointed his weapon at the officers.
He had thought about hanging up the Sam Browne belt after that, but after working in sales for a while, returned to the Sheriff's Office. He leaves behind a wife and two eight year-old twin girls. The slain hospital guard leaves behind a wife and two children also.
May they rest in peace and may God bless their grieving families.