‘Violent criminal’ dies in gun battle involving officer in Amherst County

AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – The Appomattox field office of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations (VSP) is investigating a fatal shooting involving members of the state police who happened Wednesday night in Amherst County.

VSP says the incident began around 5:39 p.m. Wednesday night when police received a request for assistance from the Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office in apprehending a violent criminal wanted on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges by the county.

The sheriff’s office said the adult male subject should be considered armed and dangerous and should be approached with caution.

Soldiers located the subject and a female passenger sitting inside a Chevrolet Tahoe in a parking lot on the 2700 block of West Main Street in Waynesboro.

As the soldiers entered the parking lot, the wanted subject started to walk away and collided with one of the soldiers’ vehicles.

A chase began and continued along Highway 250 through Waynesboro and into Augusta County.

The suspect vehicle is said to have traveled south on Blue Ridge Parkway and eventually onto Pedlar River Road, where the driver jumped from his moving vehicle.

The Tahoe continued off the road and came to a stop in a ditch.

The soldiers then engaged the male subject who was armed. During the encounter, the soldiers shot the man.

The soldiers immediately called for medical personnel to respond to the scene and administered CPR until rescue teams arrived.

The man was declared dead on the spot.

The man’s remains will be transported to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke for an autopsy and positive identification.

The passenger was not injured in the shooting.

No member of the state police was injured in the shooting.

In accordance with policy, the soldiers involved were placed on administrative leave pending the ongoing criminal investigation and internal administrative investigation.

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