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Virginia Deputy Shot During Gun Battle With Wanted Fugitive

Amelia, VA – An Amelia County sheriff’s deputy was shot while trying to apprehend a wanted suspect on Wednesday night.

The Virginia State Police (VSP) said the incident occurred in the 13500-block of West Lane at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Dec. 28, WTVR reported.

The Amelia County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) deputy initially responded to the area after receiving a 911 call for a wellness check.

But when he arrived at the scene, he discovered that a male at that location was wanted on a felony arrest warrant and two misdemeanor arrest warrants, the VSP told WTVR.

Two VSP troopers responded to assist the deputy and all three made entry into the residence, according to police.

“As the Deputy and troopers made entry into the residence, they encountered the wanted subject,” the VSP said, according to WTVR. “Shots were exchanged between the wanted subject and the Deputy and trooper. Both the deputy and wanted subject were shot.”

The suspect succumbed to his wounds at the scene.

The wounded deputy was airlifted to Chippenham Hospital, where his injuries were determined to be serious but non-life threatening, WWBT reported.

Investigators said there were two other individuals at the residence at the time of the shooting, but that they did not suffer any injuries during the gun battle.

One VSP trooper has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, as per protocol.

Amelia County Sheriff Ricky Walker said he is thankful the wounded deputy will live and also offered his condolences to the suspect’s family.

“We are extremely fortunate that our deputy survived this incident and will be returning home safely to his family tonight,” Sheriff Walker said in a statement to WTVR. “However, we cannot lose sight of the fact that a life was lost during this encounter and another family is grieving.”

“The sheriff’s office is fully cooperating with the Virginia State Police investigation into the shooting, and I appreciate the community’s patience with the investigative process,” he added.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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