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Investigation shows Halifax deputy was justified in deputy involved shooting

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HALIFAX CO. (WSLS 10) - An investigation revealed a Halifax Co. Sheriff's Deputy was justified in shooting a man who fired shots at the VFW Hall back in April.

Virginia State Police notified Halifax County Sheriff, Fred Clark, on Monday.

"I greatly appreciate the efforts put forth by the Virginia State Police and Commonwealths Attorneys to thoroughly investigate and review both of these shootings," Sheriff Clark said. "The facts of what happened that morning clearly show that Sgt. Bowen's quick response and actions prevented more from being injured or even killed during what was a very chaotic and frightening scene for those at the parties."

The shooting took place in the early morning hours of April 24. Halifax Co. Sheriff Office's Sgt. Bowen responded to a parking complaint called in by a security officer at the VFW Hall on Route 501. Two birthday parties were taking place inside the building. After Sgt. Bowen got to the scene, he addressed an argument happening inside. When Sgt. Bowen left the building, shots were fired. The shooting suspect, Malik Cobbs, walked out of the building, firing shots, and was confronted by Sgt. Bowen. Cobbs was shot after refusing to comply with Bowen's commands to drop the weapon.

Five people were hurt in the shooting.

Cobbs was taken to the hospital for treatment and was then arrested and charged with a felony count of shooting into an occupied building. His next court appearance was expected to be June 22, but it was continued.

The investigation is ongoing.