Virginia State Police investigating foot chase, death in Elliston

Authorities say the man shot and killed himself


Virginia State Police are now investigating the death in Ellison on Sunday.

According to VSP, deputies tried to speak with a “suspicious male” walking on Crozier Court in Montgomery County.

As deputies approached the man, he ran behind a residence in the area and a foot chase ensued, VSP said.

Authorities said the man then crossed Crozier Drive onto East Montgomery High School property, and once deputies caught up to him, the man pulled out a firearm and fired a single shot. Brian Wright, Support Services Captain, earlier told 10 News the man shot himself.

According to Sgt. Richard Garletts with VSP, deputies attempted life-saving measures, but the man died.

Police said there is no evidence that officers shot their firearms.

The man’s body has been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for identification, Sgt. Garletts said.

The gun was recovered at the scene, and no deputies were injured. The investigation is ongoing, according to state police.


A foot pursuit in Elliston ended with a man shooting and killing himself on Sunday, according to Brian Wright, Support Services Captain.

Wright said deputies had been responding to a breaking and entering call in the area.

When they arrived at the scene, they tried to stop the suspect who was on foot; however, he ran away from deputies and when they caught up with him, he pulled out a firearm and shot himself.

We’re told no shots were fired by deputies and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation remains ongoing, according to Wright.

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