Virginia State Police investigate fatal officer-involved shooting in Rockingham County

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Rockingham County, Virginia State Police say. VSP launched an investigation into the early morning shooting, which involved state troopers and members of two local law enforcement agencies.

According to VSP, at approximately 10:22 p.m. on Monday, March 30, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Emergency Center received a 911 call about a truck driver pulling out a weapon and possibly firing into a parked vehicle at the 3600 block of North Valley Pike.

The Emergency Center reportedly issued a “Be on the Look Out” for the vehicle of interest, which an officer from the Harrisonburg Police Department located shortly before 11 p.m. The officer tried to pull over the vehicle, but police say the driver refused to stop.

According to authorities, personnel from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office and VSP responded to assist with the pursuit. During the pursuit, authorities say the driver rammed a state trooper’s vehicle and tossed a firearm, which law enforcement recovered along Rawley Pike and Cooks Creek Road.

At approximately 11:18 p.m., the driver pulled into a yard in the 7700 block of Rawley Pike and got stuck, according to police. For the next hour, law enforcement tried to negotiate with the driver, but VSP say he pulled out a rifle and aimed at them. At that time, authorities say members of the Harrisonburg Police Department, Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, and VSP fired at the driver.

The driver — identified as 29-year-old John H. Ross II of Harrisonburg — died at the scene and his body was transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy, police say.

According to VSP, a passenger in the box truck — 31-year-old Wendi K. Wolters of Harrisonburg — was arrested after the shooting for one count of misdemeanor obstruction/resist without force. Authorities say Wolters was transported to Sentara RMH Medical Center for minor injuries, booked at Rockingham County Jail, and held without bond.

No law enforcement were injured in the incident, police say. Per VSP policy, the state troopers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending the results of this ongoing investigation by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Culpeper Field Office.

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