Man throws knife at deputy inside the Danville Courthouse

Southside Virginia News

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — A man was taken into custody after he threw a knife at a Danville deputy sheriff inside the Danville Courthouse Thursday afternoon.

According to the Danville Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 1:21 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, a man entered the Danville Courthouse and was greeted by a deputy sheriff, who asked him standard security and COVID-19 questions.

However, authorities say the man quickly became agitated and turned to face a stand-up temperature station, at which time the deputy noticed what appeared to be a large knife in his waistband.

The man reportedly turned around, concealed his right hand away from the deputy’s sight, and positioned himself himself as if he had a weapon.

According to the sheriff’s office, the deputy drew his duty weapon, pointed it at the man, and took cover.

With the same arm he had concealed, the man suddenly threw a knife at the deputy, but officials say the knife hit a wall and fell to the ground, missing the deputy by a few inches.

Other deputies quickly responded to the scene for backup and took the man — who had another butcher-style knife in his possession — into custody, authorities say.

The sheriff’s office says the man never gained entry past the security station at the front of the courthouse.

“This was clearly an incident with the potential for an officer shooting scenario. Deputy J.L. Turner should be commended for his actions during this incident,” said Sheriff Mike Mondul. “I am thankful if had a safe ending, and that no one was hurt.”

Authorities say the man — identified as 62-year-old Jay Weldon Miller of Danville — was taken to the hospital and an Emergency Custody Order was issued for safety and mental health concerns. In addition, a Temporary Detention Order was reportedly issued for placement at a mental hospital.

Depending on the outcome of the Danville Police Department’s investigation, charges may be pending, according to the sheriff’s office.

Note: This article previously said the incident took place on Thursday instead of Wednesday. It has since been corrected.

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