‘Violent felon’ dies in officer-involved shooting in Amherst County, State Police say

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Virginia State Police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office is investigating a fatal shooting from Wednesday evening in Amherst County involving state troopers.

At approximately 5:39 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16, Virginia State Police say they received a request from the Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office for help apprehending a violent felon wanted for several felony and misdemeanor charges.

The sheriff’s office advised the man should be considered armed and dangerous and should be approached with caution.

Troopers located the man — as well as a female passenger — sitting inside a Chevrolet Tahoe in a parking lot in the 2700 block of West Main Street in Waynesboro.

As State Police pulled into the parking lot, the wanted subject began to drive away and struck one of the trooper’s vehicles.

A pursuit began and continued along Route 250 through Waynesboro and into Augusta County.

The suspect vehicle was said to have traveled south onto the Blue Ridge Parkway and eventually onto Pedlar River Road, where the driver jumped from his moving vehicle. The Tahoe continued off the road and stopped in a ditch.

Troopers then engaged the man — who was armed — and ended up firing at the man during the encounter.

Virginia State Police immediately called for medical personnel and administered CPR until rescue crews arrived at the scene.

The man was declared dead at the scene, so his remains will be transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for an autopsy and positive identification.

Neither the state troopers nor the female passenger were injured during the shooting.

In accordance with policy, the troopers involved have been placed on administrative leave pending the ongoing criminal investigation and internal administrative investigation.

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