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Virginia State Police investigate fatal police shooting on Thanksgiving

Posted at 10:55 AM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-27 12:15:39-05

CULPEPER COUNTY, Va. -- Virginia State Police are investigating the fatal police shooting of a Culpeper man on Thanksgiving.

"At approximately 2:09 p.m. Thursday, the Culpeper Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call about a domestic with an armed male," Virginia State Police spokesperson Sgt. Brent Coffey wrote in an email.

When sheriff's deputies arrived, they reported 62-year-old Ellis Frye Jr. had a gun and was sitting on the porch of the Brock Lane home.

"The law enforcement officers on scene attempted to negotiate with [Frye] for approximately 30 minutes in an effort to deescalate the situation," the state police email continued. "During that time frame, [Frye] entered and exited the residence multiple times and produced additional firearms."

Eventually, police said an armed Frye "advanced in the direction of law enforcement."

"A deputy fired and [Frye] was struck," the email continued. "[Frye] was transported to Culpeper UVA Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. He later succumbed to his injuries."

No officers, nor anyone else was hurt.

"[Frye's] remains will be transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner for examination and autopsy," the state police spokesperson continued. "The investigation remains ongoing at this time."

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