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Police identify 35-year-old man shot, killed by police after a multi-county chase ends in Amherst County

The trooper involved has been placed on administrative leave

We have new details tonight on an officer-involved shooting.
We have new details tonight on an officer-involved shooting.

AMHERST COUNTY, Va. – Authorities have released the name of the 35-year-old Dillwyn man who was shot and killed by Virginia State Police troopers on Wednesday night.

The Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from state police in apprehending Kendall A. Jamerson.

He was considered a violent felon and wanted on 10 felony warrants, three misdemeanor charges and a protective order by the county. The sheriff’s office also advised that Jamerson should be considered armed and dangerous, and to be approached with caution, according to state police.

After a pursuit that began in Waynesboro and ended in Amherst County, police engaged with Jamerson, who was armed with a handgun.

During that encounter, the troopers fired at him and police said they immediately called for EMS to respond to the scene and administered CPR until the ambulance arrived; however, Jamerson died at the scene.

Authorities recovered two loaded .22-caliber handguns at the scene, according to police.

The 40-year-old woman who was in the truck with Jamerson was not injured during the shooting; however, police said that she was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital to be treated for injuries sustained from having been assaulted earlier by Jamerson.

Once the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office concludes its investigation, the criminal investigative findings will be turned over to the Commonwealth’s Attorney for review and final adjudication of the matter.

ORIGINAL STORY

Virginia State Police are investigating a multi-county pursuit that left a man dead Wednesday evening.

At about 5:39 p.m., state police received a request from the Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office for assistance apprehending a wanted man they considered armed and dangerous for several felony and misdemeanor charges.

State troopers were able to locate the man, along with a female passenger, inside a Chevrolet Tahoe in a Waynesboro parking lot in the 2700 block of West Main Street. When police pulled into the parking lot, they said the man began to drive away, hitting one of the trooper’s vehicles in the process.

Authorities began a pursuit with the Tahoe along Route 250 through Waynesboro and into Augusta County.

The man drove south along the Blue Ridge Parkway and onto Pedlar River Road in Amherst County before he jumped from his moving vehicle, which eventually stopped in a ditch.

Police shot at the man, who they say was also armed and called for EMS to respond to the scene. However, the man was declared dead at the scene.

According to authorities, the man’s body will be transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination, autopsy and positive identification.

Police said the woman who was in the Tahoe was not injured during the shooting.

No state police were injured as well, but authorities said the trooper involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave.

The criminal investigation as well as an internal administrative investigation is ongoing, according to police.

Correction:The headline initially said the pursuit ended in Augusta County, but it has been changed to say it ended in Amherst County.


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