Strasburg Police

    Incident Shooting of Melissa Tompkins

    Date Dec 17, 2023
    Time 10:33 PM
    Report # Shooting of Melissa Tompkins
    Department Strasburg Police
    Officers George G. Rathore , Bianca M. Hager

    On December 17, 2023 at roughly 22:33, "Officer G. G. Rathore and Officer B. M. Hager arrived at the Ramada Inn located at 21 Signal Knob Drive in reference to a disorderly female who was said to be behind of the front desk without permission, throwing cans of soda in the lobby area of the business, and running through the hallways carrying a fire extinguisher."

    At some point, Office Rathore encountered Melissa Renee Tompkins in the rear parking lot of the hotel, where she allegedly "grabbed his baton and used it to hit him in the head". Rathore shot Tompkins multiple times.

    Tompkins was taken to Winchester Medical Center where she died of her injuries. Rathore was treated at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and released.

    Address Strasburg, VA