Family: Man dies in shootout with Sheriff's deputies after killing his cousin
NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WSET) -- A family is in shock after losing two loved ones within hours on Sunday, one at a home in Nelson County, the other in a shootout with an Amherst County deputy.
The family of Alexia Lockett, 28, said she was killed by her cousin, Anthony Hutchinson, 40, just hours before he died in a gunfire exchange with Amherst County deputies.
"We got a message saying she was gone. I was like, 'Where'd she go?'" said Victoria Davis, Alexia Lockett's cousin.
Family members said they never could have imagined what happened on Avon Road in Afton just after 11 a.m. on Sunday.
The Amherst County Sheriff's Office said at around 11:20 a.m., deputies tried to stop a vehicle that matched the description of one wanted in Nelson County.
The Sheriff's Office said, after a deputy activated his emergency lights, Hutchinson fled south on Route 29.
They said as his Nissan approached Spencer Mountain Road, he ran off the left side of the road, lost control and crashed.
"As the deputies were getting out of their vehicle, the driver of the Nissan engaged them with gunfire from inside his vehicle." said Sergeant Richard Garletts with Virginia State Police. "One deputy was struck in the exchange. The suspect died at the scene."
Hutchinson was shot and killed by Amherst County deputies, according to the sheriff's office.
Family said Hutchinson killed his cousin before the shootout.
They said Hutchinson and Lockett were like brother and sister.
Those left behind have more questions than answers, and answers they said they'll never get about why this happened.
But they'll never forget who Alexia was.
In accordance with Amherst County policy, three deputies have been placed on administrative leave while state police investigate.
Family members told ABC13 they are planning a vigil in Alexia's honor.
Stay with us for updates on those arrangements.