Man dead after deputy-involved shooting in Amherst County

Police say the incident happened on Thursday afternoon

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AMHERST COUNTY, Va.UPDATE - Saturday, June 3

Virginia State Police are releasing more details into the investigation of a deputy-involved shooting that left a man dead in Amherst County Thursday.

We’re told the man was identified as Daniel Meadows, 40, of Amherst, and his remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner for examination and autopsy.

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


One man is dead after a deputy-involved shooting in Amherst County, according to Virginia State Police.

An Amherst County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to an emergency call near the intersection of Lexington Turnpike/Route 60 and Sandidges Road on Thursday at 2:40 p.m. for a man acting erratically, police said.

When the deputy got to the area and approached the man, the man pulled out a machete and confronted the deputy, authorities said. The deputy then shot the man.

We’re told the man later died despite the life-saving efforts given to him at the scene.

The deputy was not injured during the incident, according to VSP.

Sheriff Viar said the involved deputy has since been placed on administrative leave, per policy.

Authorities say the incident remains under investigation.

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