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Virginia State Police ID man shot, killed by deputy

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Posted at 10:49 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 10:49:40-04

SALEM, Va. -- Virginia State Police have identified a suspect who officials say was shot and killed after exchanging gunfire with a sheriff's deputy.

News outlets reported on Monday that the agency said 46-year-old Robert Harman Sword, of Orlando, was the man shot by a Botetourt County deputy Friday.

The Virginia State Police said in a release that the case began on Friday morning when the Botetourt County Sheriff's Office went to investigate a suspicious vehicle parked along a rural road.

A deputy discovered a man at a campsite off the road. When the deputy approached, Sword began shooting.

Sword was accused of displaying a gun and firing as deputies responded to a call at a campsite near Buchanan.

Officials said a deputy later fired at Sword and struck him. The deputy was not injured.

The Roanoke Times said the medical examiner's office determined Sword suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and left arm.

State Police are investigating.