Man killed in Bedford County officer-involved shooting

police lineFrom the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: At 8:03 p.m. Tuesday night, July 29, 2014, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from 1554 Stewartsville Road, Moneta. The caller reported that she was home alone and was in the shower, when a male broke into her home. He grabbed her and pulled her out of the shower while holding a hand gun to her head. He demanded she give him her car keys. When she did not, he tried hot wire her vehicle. When his efforts to start the car failed he left the victims home riding what she described as a moped and traveled west on Stewartsville Road.  At 8:50 p.m., Bedford County sheriff’s deputies observed a male on a dirt bike near the intersection of Stewartsville Road and Harveys Creek Road. Attempts to stop the bike failed due to it going off the road and through fields.

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At 12:08 a.m. this morning while still in the area looking for the home invasion suspect, a deputy observed a vehicle traveling east on Stewartsville Road being operated in a reckless manner. The vehicle turned left onto Moneta Road and headed north towards Bedford. When the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle it continued to travel north on Moneta Road. The deputy pursued the vehicle and it turned left onto Oakwood Knolls, which is a dead end road. As the vehicle approached the end of Oakwood Knoll, it struck the front on the deputy’s vehicle. When the vehicle came to a stop, the driver exited the vehicle and shots were fired. The suspect was transported to Bedford Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Virginia State Police was notified and responded to the scene. They are investigating the officer involved shooting, the pursuit and stolen vehicle. At this time, the suspect in the home invasion and vehicle pursuit are believed to be same.

The deputy involved in the shooting was been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the state police investigation.

Due to the ongoing State Police investigation, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office will not be releasing any further information at this time.

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