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Virginia State Police investigating fatal deputy shooting

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Posted at 2:12 PM, May 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-15 14:12:43-04

GROTTOES, Va. -- Virginia State Police will investigate after a sheriff’s deputy responding to a call about a break-in fatally shot a man who authorities said charged at him with a knife.

The incident happened Friday afternoon in Augusta County.

According to a news release from state police, deputies responding to a 911 call about the break-in encountered a man who ran away from a trailer and into nearby woods.

The deputies followed him on foot.

Then state police say the man turned around and charged toward a deputy with a knife.

The deputy discharged his firearm, fatally striking 48-year-old Jeffrey J. Bruce of Grottoes.