Man charged with wife’s murder

Gerald Tompkins

At 8:47 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call at the 1400 block of Red Hawk Run in Christiansburg.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they discovered 51 year old Michelle L. Tompkins suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Riner Rescue Squad members transported her to the New River Valley Medical Center where she died a short time later.

Deputies arrested her husband, 58-year-old Gerard P. Tompkins of Christiansburg at the scene. He was charged with second-degree murder and is being held in the Montgomery County Jail with no bond.

The investigation is ongoing; further charges may be pending.

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