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Police identify man killed in Amelia County shooting

Posted at 11:15 PM, Dec 28, 2022

AMELIA COUNTY, Va. — A man was killed and an Amelia County Sheriff’s Deputy was injured in a shooting Wednesday night when the deputy arrived at an Amelia home to perform a welfare check.

The man, who was later identified as 32-year-old Nicholas S. Lassiter, 32, of Saluda, Virginia, died at the scene.

The Amelia County Sheriff's Deputy arrived at the 13500 block of West Lane around 6:08 p.m., according to Virginia State Police.

"Following up on the information provided in the 911 call, the deputy confirmed Lassiter was wanted on a felony arrest warrant and two misdemeanor warrants out of King and Queen County," a Virginia State Police spokesperson wrote in an update about the shooting. "Two Virginia State Police troopers responded to assist the Sheriff’s Deputy at the residence with the welfare check. As the Deputy and troopers made entry into the residence, they encountered Lassiter inside. Lassiter fired at the deputy and troopers and shot the deputy. The deputy and one trooper returned fire striking Lassiter."

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Gunshots were exchanged between law enforcement and a man at a home along the 13500 block of West Lane in Amelia County, Va.

The injured deputy was flown to Chippenham Hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

He has since been released from the hospital.

Troopers said there were other people in the house at the time of the shooting but no one else was injured.

"We are extremely fortunate that our deputy survived this incident and will be returning home safely to his family tonight," Amelia County Sheriff Ricky Walker wrote in a statement about the incident. "However, we cannot lose sight of the fact that a life was lost during this encounter and another family is grieving. The sheriff’s office is fully cooperating with the Virginia State Police investigation into the shooting, and I appreciate the community’s patience with the investigative process."

A Virginia State trooper was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation into the shooting.

This is a developing story.

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