UPDATE: Man charged for throwing knife at deputy in Danville Courthouse, police say

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(Photo: Courtesy Danville Sheriff’s Office)

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — After investigating and consulting with the Danville Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the Danville Police Department decided to charge a local man after he threw a knife at a deputy in the Danville Courthouse Wednesday 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.

Authorities say the man 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.

The Danville Police Department says 62-year-old Jay Weldon Miller of Danville, was charged with attempted malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer in connection with the incident.

Police plan to serve the arrest warrant on Miller when he is released from treatment. 

If you have any information about this case, you are asked to contact the Danville Police Department at (434) 793-0000.

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