UPDATE: VSP release identity of man involved in fatal officer-involved shooting in Washington Co.

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UPDATE 3:55 5/21: Virginia State Police have released the identity of the man killed in an officer-involved shooting in Washington County.

Brandon S. Odell, 31, was fatally shot Thursday morning in a motel in the 15,500 block of Lee Highway. He is last known address is Bristol, Tenn.

Deputies found illegal narcotics in his motel room.

As deputies were taking Odell into custody, Odell reached under a mattress and pulled out a handgun. One of the deputies discharged his firearm and struck Odell. He succumbed to his injuries.

Odell’s remains have been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy. 

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia State Police (VSP) is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred Thursday morning.

Shortly after 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 20, deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a motel in the 15,500 block of Lee Highway with regard to a guest, who was suspected of violating a protective order.

When deputies arrived at the guest’s motel room, officials say the man gave consent for both the room and his pickup truck to be searched. Deputies ended up recovering a firearm from the pickup truck and illegal narcotics from the motel room.

As the deputies were taking the man into custody, he reached under a mattress and pulled out a handgun. One of the deputies then shot him.

VSP says — despite the efforts of the EMS crew at the scene — the man died from his injuries.

A handgun was recovered from inside the motel room, according to authorities.

The man’s remains have been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy. VSP is still working to find and notify the next of kin.

According to police, the investigation remains ongoing.

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