UPDATE: Purcellville teen dead in police shooting; investigation ongoing
The teen, who has not yet been identified, was shot by a Purcellville Police officer when he lunged at the officer with a knife, according to Virginia State Police, the agency investigating the incident.
According to reports, Purcellville Police received a 911 call about 2:12 p.m. from someone at a home in the 100 block of Frazer Drive who was seeking help for a 17-year-old threatening suicide.
Once the officer was on scene and approached the teen, the teen, armed with a knife, lunged at the officer and was subsequently shot, according to reports.
Rescue was immediately called and the teen was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead.
The Purcellville officer was not injured in the incident.
“To ensure our citizens a thorough and independent review of this incident, I have asked the Virginia State Police to conduct the investigation. My department is fully cooperating with the state police,” said Purcellville Police Chief Darryl Smith in a prepared statement. “In accordance with department policy, the officer involved in this shooting has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.”
The teenager’s remains have been taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Manassas for examination and autopsy.
The Virginia State Police’s “Police-Shooting Investigative Team” from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Fairfax Field Office is conducting the investigation into the incident. Once the investigation is complete, the investigative report will be turned over to the Commonwealth’s Attorney for review and final adjudication.
This is an ongoing story. More information will be released as it becomes available.
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