Appalachia, VA – A Wise County deputy remains hospitalized after being repeatedly stabbed by a teenage suspect on Saturday.
The 16-year-old male who attacked the deputy was fatally shot during the brawl, WJHL reported.
The Virginia State Police (VSP) said Wise County Deputy Rob Robinson was searching for two missing juveniles on Saturday when he came upon a vehicle with two occupants near Dunbar Road and Pine Branch Road at approximately 3 p.m., WCYB reported.
The vehicle was parked in the bushes.
A 16-year-old male exited the vehicle during the encounter and a physical altercation between him and Deputy Robinson ensued, WJHL reported.
The teen repeatedly stabbed the deputy during the fight before the deputy fatally shot him, according to WJHL.
The 16-year-old died from his wounds at the scene.
A 13-year-old girl who was inside the vehicle was not hurt during the ordeal, police said.
Deputy Robinson was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center and was listed in stable condition on Sunday, WJHL reported.
He remains in intensive care, according to the Bristol Herald Courier.
Police said the teens were the same missing juveniles they had been searching for, WCYB reported.
Appalachia Mayor Chase Christian released a statement urging people to refrain from judgement until the investigation is complete.
“Given the recent events, people will point fingers and make rumors; they will blame the officer and others will blame the young male. But perhaps for a moment, people can use logical thinking and look into the past,” Christian said, according to WJHL. “Mentally unstable or just a bit different in the normal sense should never be ignored or accepted.”
“As Mayor of Appalachia, my prayers go out to all parties involved in today’s tragic events in the Dunbar community,” he continued. “May our officer make a full recovery — a great father and defender of justice. May the families of the two teens find peace, and may God be with everyone.”
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