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VSP: Armed man killed in deputy-involved shooting after barricade situation

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Posted at 5:45 PM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 17:45:24-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- An armed man was shot and killed by a Culpeper County deputy after barricade situation Thursday morning, according to Virginia State Police.

The Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 12000 block of Horseshoe Drive for a requested welfare check at approximately 9:40 a.m.

When deputies arrived at home, authorities said they encountered 44-year-old Donald Francis Hairston in an "already agitated state."

Virginia State Police said within minutes of the deputies' arrival, Hairston ran indoors and barricaded himself inside the residence.

Police said deputies attempted to communicate with Hairston an effort to de-escalate the situation. Despite those efforts, authorities said Hairston exited the residence and discharged a firearm and pointed it at the deputies.

A deputy fired and struck Hairston, who died from his injuries at the scene.

No deputies were injured during the incident, authorities said.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Culpeper Field Office is investigating the deputy-involved shooting at the request of the Culpeper County Sheriff.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time.