LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – A Lynchburg police officer has been placed on restricted duty after that officer fatally shot a dog during a standoff with a potentially armed man Thursday night.
The Lynchburg Police Department says officers responded to the 100 block of Holcomb Path Road shortly before 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25 for a person check. A man reportedly shut himself in a residence with multiple weapons.
At 10:09 p.m., the department says an Emergency Custody Order (ECO) was issued for the man, who still refused to come out of the residence. As a result, the department’s Crisis Negotiation Team and Tactical Unit was dispatched to help with the situation.
Police say they spent several hours speaking with the man to de-escalate the situation, but he would not allow them to take him into custody.
After the officers determined the man did not appear armed, they tried to take him into custody while he was on a bed. However, the man would not listen to the officers’ commands as they approached him, he abruptly moved his hand to a concealed location, and an officer then fired a shot at the man.
Instead, police say the shot ended up hitting a dog sitting on top of the man, killing the dog.
According to the department, the man continued to not cooperate with the officers’ commands, so they eventually used a taser to take him into custody.
Officials say the man sustained lacerations to his hand from the incident and was brought to Lynchburg General Hospital under the ECO for a mental health evaluation.
The Lynchburg Police Department asked Virginia State Police to investigate the officer-involved shooting for any potential criminal charges.
“The LPD also is conducting an internal investigation. Per LPD policy, the involved officer has been placed on restricted duty,” the department said in a statement on Friday, Feb. 26. “As is our practice, the LPD will release the involved officer’s name within seven days, pending the results of a threat assessment.”
Because of the the ongoing investigation by Virginia State Police, the Lynchburg Police Department will not release body-worn camera footage at this time.