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Father killed by son in Amherst County shooting, sheriff says

Authorities responded shortly after 3 p.m.

AMHERST COUNTY, Va. – Sheriff E. W. Viar confirms to 10 News that the suspect and victim in Tuesday's deadly shooting are father and son.

Chis Austin, 47, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his father, 83-year-old John Austin.

UPDATE (8:52 p.m. Oct. 1, 2019)

Authorities say John Austin of Madison Heights is the victim of Tuesday's homicide in Amherst County.

Chris Austin was taken into custody after an investigation. He is charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Investigators believe they have the person responsible for a Tuesday homicide in custody.

Shortly after 3 p.m., the Amherst County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of gunshots in the 100 block of Riverview Road in Madison Heights.

One person is dead and deputies have a suspect in custody.

The suspect was arrested at the scene.

Stay with 10 News for more on this breaking news story.


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