AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A man was hospitalized and charged with several offenses early Thursday morning after a deputy-involved shooting in Augusta County, the second such shooting in the county in less than a week.
At 12:41 a.m. on Thursday, May 20, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy responded to the 100 block of Farmside Street in the Stuarts Draft area for a report of a domestic situation and the larceny of a dog.
While in the area, authorities say the deputy found 31-year-old Deonte Laron Harris of Waynesboro in a 2007 Silver Dodge. A disturbance between Harris and a female was reportedly in progress.
As the deputy approached Harris’ vehicle and tried to make contact, officials say Harris accelerated and drove away from the scene. However, the deputy followed Harris’ vehicle at a slow speed throughout Farmside Street, Townhouse Lane, Hillington Drive, Johnson Hill Drive, Augusta Farms Drive, and Hayrick Road. Meanwhile, the deputy called for assistance.
During the low speed pursuit, Harris turned off his headlights and drove around the area before going back to the original scene of the disturbance and driving onto the grassy area close to the rear deck of the female’s apartment, according to the sheriff’s office.
Officials say Harris stayed in the vehicle and the deputy saw him put a gun in his mouth. However, as the deputy approached, Harris removed the gun from his mouth, a second firearm was displayed, and the deputy used his duty pistol to shoot Harris.
According to authorities, Harris was brought to Augusta Health, airlifted to UVA, and charged with the following
- Felony eluding
- Grand larceny of a dog
- Driving a motor vehicle with a revoked/suspended license
- Capias for violating bond
The dog that Harris allegedly stole was recovered unharmed from Harris’ vehicle and returned to the owner.
The sheriff’s office says the scene and the investigation has been turned over the the Appomattox Division of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
This news comes after another deputy-involved shooting in Augusta County from Friday, May 14, but that one was fatal.