AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A man is in custody and facing charges for attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer after shooting at Amherst County deputies who were following up on an assault accusation on Sunday.
The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to a call for an assault in the Colony Road area of Madison Heights on Sunday, June 20.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies met with a female who said she had been assaulted and had physical signs of an assault. The female then identified the person who assaulted her as Takota J. Cash of Madison Heights.
As deputies approached a residence where Cash is known to live, authorities say they were met with gunfire from a rifle. Deputies identified the shooter as Cash as he was running away from them, after he fired the shots.
Officials say nobody was hit by any of the shots Cash fired and the deputies involved never fired their weapons.
While seeking cover in the wood line, the deputies who initially responded lost sight of Cash, but reportedly believed he had gone into the house on Thacker Lane.
According to authorities, additional resources from the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office; Virginia State Police’s 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th divisions; the Lynchburg Police Department; and Amherst County Public Safety were dispatched to the scene to try to negotiate with Cash and convince him to come out of the house.
After spending time trying to make contact inside the residence, authorities entered the home, but could not find Cash.
Officials say Cash was later taken into custody without further incident by Lynchburg police officers for charges of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer. However, additional charges will follow for the initial assault report.
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