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Man shot by deputy after allegedly shooting at drivers, investigators

Deputies: Suspect was 'shooting variety of weapons in multiple directions'
Posted at 4:43 AM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 10:53:01-04

POWHATAN COUNTY, Va -- A man accused of sending threatening text messages and shooting at drivers and law enforcement was shot by a deputy Sunday evening, according to officials with the Powhatan County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said they received a report at 7 p.m. that 25-year-old Joshua Sprouse had threatened to kill family members and law enforcement via text messages.

After a warrant and Emergency Custody Order were issued, deputies and state troopers located Sprouse at his home on Three Bridge Road.

"Sprouse was shooting a variety of weapons in multiple directions, including at passing vehicles," Chief Deputy Jeffery S. Searfoss with the Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies and troopers set a perimeter around the home, closed Three Bridge Road and warned neighbors, according to Searfoss.

"Multiple attempts to communicate with Sprouse were made and were unsuccessful," Searfoss said.

However, when Sprouse finally came out of the home, he was shot by a deputy after he tried to shoot a member of law enforcement, Searfoss said.

Sprouse was taken to an area hospital and was in surgery at last check early Monday morning, according to deputies.

Searfoss said the deputy involved in the shooting is on administrative leave as is procedure.

State police are conducting a follow-up investigation on the incident, deputies said.

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