Police: Officer-involved shooting leaves man dead in Henry Co.

Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred Tuesday morning in the Bassett community in the 3300 block of Philpott Drive. (@CourtnyJodonTV)

UPDATE (11:00 PM): Neighbors are reacting to an officer-involved shooting that happened in Bassett Tuesday morning.

"I'm just sad that it happened here and the guy's dead," Roger Waldron Senior said.

Waldron Sr. recalled what happened next door to the home he's lived in for 20 years.

"I am really surprised," he said. "Nothing like this has ever happened up here... right here in my own back yard."

Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry said this incident has taken a toll on the department. He said their goal every day is to protect their community.

"We have a lot of people and they take pride in serving the community and it has left a mark," Sheriff Perry said. "We take pride and we never want to hurt anyone."

We also spoke with the people who live on the property where the shooting happened, but they told us they had no comment.

"We would also like to say that our thoughts and prayers are with everyone, the family of the deceased and the officers," Perry said. "And we ask the community as well if they would have their thoughts and prayers for them."

We do know that multiple rounds were fired by the suspect, before he was shot.

"Why he done what he done, I don't know," Waldron Sr. said.

UPDATE (6:00 PM): Sheriff Lane Perry of Henry County got emotional during a press conference Tuesday afternoon. He said the incident has taken a toll on the department and they just want to protect their community.

Two officers have been placed on administrative leave, which the sheriff said is protocol. The officers will remain on leave during the investigation.

"There's certainly a very tragic incident, first off. There's a person that has lost their life, but you had two officers that were there and they need to process and heal in this incident," Sheriff Perry said.

Authorities currently do not know the connection between the suspect and the people inside the home.

The incident is still under investigation by state police.


SALEM Va. (WSET) -- Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred Tuesday morning in the Bassett community.

According to police, that incident began around 4 a.m. when the Henry County Sheriff's Office received a call about a male subject trying to force his way into a residence in the 3300 block of Philpott Drive.

They said when the male subject was unable to make entry, he began firing a handgun outside the residence.

Police said the male subject began firing at the Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies' vehicles when they pulled up to the scene. One of the sheriff’s deputies returned fire and the male suspect was wounded.

They say the suspect was taken to SOVAH and died.

No residents or deputies were injured during the incident.

According to police, the incident is under investigation. State police are also in the process of confirming the identity of the male subject and will then notify his next of kin.

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