Six people hurt, Virginia State Police investigating deputy-involved shooting

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APPOMATTOX (WSLS 10) - Virginia State Police are investigating after several people were hurt in an early morning shooting Sunday.

News release from Virginia State Police:

The Virginia State Police are investigating two shooting incidents that occurred early Sunday in the Town of Halifax.

Shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, the Halifax County Sheriff's Office responded to a parking complaint called in by a security officer at  the VFW Hall on Route 501 in the town of Halifax.

After arriving on scene to address the parking issue, the deputy heard a sudden burst of gunfire and witnessed a male subject firing into a crowd of people. The deputy immediately confronted the shooter. The male subject refused to comply with the deputy's commands to drop the weapon and the male subject was subsequently shot by the deputy.

The male shooting suspect is currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

A total of five other individuals were injured in the initial shooting incident. One is being treated for life-threatening injuries; a second one for serious injuries; and three others have already been treated and released from Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital in South Boston, Va.

The deputy was not injured in the incident.

At the request of Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office is investigating both the initial shooting and deputy-involved shooting.


Statement from Halifax County Sheriff Fred S. Clark:

To reinforce my commitment to public safety and transparency within our community, I have requested the Virginia State Police investigate both shootings that occurred early Sunday morning in the Town of Halifax. Because both shooting incidents occurred within minutes of one another and the deputy having witnessed the initial shooting, I felt it best to have the state police lead both investigations. The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.