UPDATE: (From Lynchburg PD) The Lynchburg Police Department understands that the community has questions and concerns related to the officer involved shooting that occurred on Saturday, February 17, in the 2100 block of Link Road.  The Lynchburg Police Department is committed to providing as much information as possible without jeopardizing the ongoing investigation being conducted by the Virginia State Police.

As previously stated, the Lynchburg Police Department has turned over the investigation of this officer involved shooting to the Virginia State Police.  This request for an external investigation is in line with current protocol and best practices in order to ensure an unbiased investigation.  The integrity of this investigation is of the utmost importance to both the Lynchburg Police Department and the community.  Therefore, the objectivity of the investigators must be without question.  The Virginia State Police will conduct a thorough and complete investigation and will release their findings to the Commonwealth’s Attorney.  The Lynchburg Police Department has and will continue to cooperate with the Virginia State Police as they conduct their investigation.

An investigation into an officer involved shooting takes a considerable amount of time and resources to thoroughly and accurately complete.  We ask for your patience as the investigation and subsequent review are conducted by the Virginia State Police and Commonwealth’s Attorney.   This will ensure that all facts are brought forward in order to understand what took place during this incident.

No additional information will be released on this incident, pending the completion of the investigation by the Virginia State Police.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family that has been impacted by this incident.  We understand this is a difficult time for them and we hope for a quick and a full recovery.  We ask members of the media to honor the family’s wishes and respect their right to privacy.

PREVIOUS: (From Lynchburg PD) On February 17, 2018 at 1:15 a.m., Lynchburg Police Department officers observed an open front door at a residence in the 2100 block of Link Road. Officers approached the open front door and announced their presence in order to further investigate the suspicious activity. While doing so, two officers encountered an individual inside and the officers fired their weapons. An adult male resident inside the dwelling was shot in the leg.

Lynchburg Fire Department personnel were immediately requested to respond. The male was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment of the non-life threatening wound. The Lynchburg Police Department requested the Virginia State Police investigate this incident.