VSP: Man with knife attempts ‘ambush-style’ attack toward officer in Clifton Forge, was shot several times

The officer was not injured, authorities say


Virginia State Police are investigating after a man with a knife allegedly tried to attack an officer and was shot several times in Clifton Forge.

According to Sgt. Garletts with VSP, the incident happened around 9:37 p.m.

When 10 News arrived around midnight, multiple responding officers were seen at the Family Dollar-Dollar Tree located near the Clifton Forge Police Department.

We’re told a 24-year-old man with a knife attempted an “ambush-style, unprovoked attack” toward an officer exiting the rear of the building when the officer shot the man several times.

The man was flown out to Roanoke Memorial with life-threatening injuries, authorities said. There was no update on his condition and his name has not been released.

The officer involved in the incident was not injured and is now on paid administrative leave, according to Garletts. Their name was not shared. We’re told the suspect will be identified when warrants are obtained and served.

Police said the officer was wearing a body cam at the time of the incident, but the footage will not be shared at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

Virginia State Police is leading the investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation, VSP said findings and evidence will be turned over the the Alleghany County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office for adjudication.


Virginia State Police is investigating an incident in Clifton Forge.

Around midnight, police were seen at the Family Dollar/Dollar Tree area. They were responding to what they said was an officer-involved shooting.

According to Sgt. Garletts, the person shot was flown out to a medical facility.

Other details surrounding the incident were limited. 10 News has a crew at the scene working for you to learn more.

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