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Officer-involved shooting investigation underway in Washington County, Va.

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A deadly officer-involved shooting investigation is underway in Washington County, Va.

According to Sheriff Fred Newman, deputies pulled over a vehicle about 7:30 p.m. in Abingdon.

It matched a vehicle suspected to be involved in a larceny on the west end of the county.

A weapon was stolen from a home during that incident.

At the time the vehicle was stopped, the deputy interacted with the driver.

The sheriff says the suspect was acting very suspicious. The suspect then took off.

The chase went down West Main Street in Abingdon, then onto I-81. Sheriff Newman said eventually, the suspect got onto Lee Highway.

Numerous unsuccessful attempts to stop the car were made.

Eventually, the suspect drover over spike strips, which deflated the tires.

That pursuit ended at the intersection of Route 91 and Route 11 with the suspect's vehicle wrecking.

Sheriff Newman said the suspect then tried to get into at least two vehicles parked at a business. He then ran across the road toward a convenience store.

According to the sheriff, the suspect was waving what appeared to be a gun.

That suspect tripped, fell, and pointed the gun at deputies as he came back up.

That's when deputies shot and killed the suspect.

The sheriff says only his deputies shot at the suspect. Glade Spring Police and Virginia State Police also assisted in the chase.

Newman said the pursuit lasted about 30 minutes, calling it a "fairly long" chase.

The name of neither the deputies nor the suspect is being released at this time.

The deputies are on paid administrative leave, pending the VSP investigation.

More details will be released Wednesday morning.



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