By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: November 30, 2018 | 4:43 p.m.
SURRY – A Surry County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been placed on administrative leave after shooting a man who charged at deputies while holding a piece of wood and a sharp object.
According to a statement from the department that was distributed by Virginia State Police, just after 1 p.m. Friday, the department received a 911 call about a suspicious individual walking along Route 31 near Tappahanna Hundred. Once deputies arrived, they found an adult male walking along the roadway “wielding a 2×4 piece of wood and a sharp object” in his hands while yelling at passing drivers.
Those deputies “cautiously approached the man who confronted them and refused to comply with their demands to drop the objects in his hands,” the department’s statement continued.
“After attempts were made to coax and command the male subject to surrender the objects, the man charged at the deputies,” Surry authorities said. “The male subject was subsequently shot by one of the deputies.”
The man, who remains unidentified as of this report, was taken to Riverside Regional Hospital for treatment of what is described as non-life-threatening injuries.
No law enforcement or passing motorists were injured during the incident.
As is typical in officer-involved shootings, the Virginia State Police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and their Chesapeake Field Office has been requested to investigate the Friday afternoon shooting.
In accordance with Surry Sheriff’s Office policy, the deputy who shot the man has been placed on administrative leave, officials confirmed.