At approximately 1:02 a.m., on April 8, 2018, Danville Police Officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of North Main Street for a report of a domestic assault in the parking lot of a commercial business. As the officers were en route to the North Main Street location, the caller advised that she had left that location in an attempt to escape her attacker. The 22-year-old woman had relocated to her residence in the 200 block of Sunset Drive, but was followed by her male attacker who tried to force his way into her residence.
Upon arrival at the woman's residence, they encountered the female and the male suspect outside. Physical evidence at the scene supported the woman's allegations of an assault, which gave the officers probable cause to arrest the male.
As the officers approached the male suspect, he began walking away from them and ignored their repeated commands to stop. He got into a vehicle and drove into a nearby wooded area. He again refused the officers' commands to, this time, show his hands and to exit his vehicle. The male suspect finally exited his vehicle but refused to show his hands.
In an effort to safely apprehend the suspect, a Taser was deployed but did not make effective contact. The adult male suspect then suddenly turned on the officers in a threatening manner. Officers fired at the suspect.
The officers immediately called for rescue, and the male subject was transported to Sovah Health in Danville where he was pronounced dead.
No officers were injured during this incident.
In accordance to standard protocol and at the request of Danville Police Chief Scott Booth, the Virginia State Police is investigating the shooting.
In accordance with Danville Police Department policy, the officers have been placed on administrative assignment, and their names will be released in three days.
Any other questions regarding this investigation should be referred to the Virginia State Police.