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Deputy-involved Southwest Virginia shooting, stabbing leaves 16-year-old boy dead

Authorities say the boy stabbed the deputy who then fired shots back at him

Virginia State Police is investigating a deputy-involved shooting that left a Wise County deputy injured and a 16-year-old dead.

WISE COUNTY, Va. – Virginia State Police is investigating a deputy-involved shooting that left a Wise County deputy injured and a 16-year-old dead.

Authorities say it happened at about 3 p.m. Saturday near the Town of Appalachia on Pine Branch Road after two juveniles were reported missing during the day.

During the course of the investigation and search for the missing teens, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing white 2015 Chevrolet Equinox from the 16-year-old boy’s home.

According to the report, the deputy saw a parked car in some bushes with a girl and boy inside. That’s when the 16-year-old boy got out of the car and stabbed the deputy who then fired shots back at him.

Officials said the boy died later died as a result of his injuries at the scene. The deputy was soon flown to Johnson City Medical Center, where he’s being treated for multiple stab wounds.

According to authorities, a knife with a hawkbill blade was recovered at the scene.

The 16-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were later confirmed to be the two teens who were reported missing earlier in the day.

Throughout the course of the investigation, authorities found that the two teens were close acquaintances.

Officials add that the boy’s body will be taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for an autopsy. The girl was never injured during the incident, and returned to her family.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.


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