Man pleads guilty in connection with MECC lockdown, manhunt

Mike Still • Updated Sep 17, 2019 at 9:15 AM

WISE – A Big Stone Gap man charged in connection with a March 30 shooting and manhunt leading top a college lockdown, pleaded guilty to all charges Monday.

David Dewayne Scott, 44, was indicted in April on four felony counts of possession of firearm by a violent convicted felon, discharging a firearm in a dwelling, grand larceny and reckless handling of a firearm. The grand jury indictment also included three misdemeanor charges: brandishing a firearm, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Scott was arrested on the Mountain Empire Community College campus after witnesses said he waved a pistol at a neighbor and walked across a hill onto the MECC campus. Students and faculty at Saturday classes were evacuated safely before Scott was finally cornered at the college’s maintenance building.

According to Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp III, Scott — a convicted felon — stole a .380 semi-automatic pistol from a vehicle parked on Lenora Road in Big Stone Gap. Scott pointed the pistol at his sister before shooting a window at a nearby residence.

Scott fled the shooting scene toward woods near MECC, which forced the evacuation and lockdown of the campus until county deputies and Big Stone Gap and college police arrested Scott.

Slemp said Scott later admitted to investigators that he was under the influence of drugs.

Scott faces a Jan. 7, 2020, sentencing hearing in Wise County Circuit Court, where he could receive a maximum 39-year sentence on all charges.

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