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Update: Suspect dead in officer-involved shooting reported in Grottoes area

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Update: Friday, 8:12 p.m. Virginia State Police has identified the man killed in an officer-involved shooting in Augusta County on Friday as Jeffrey J. Bruce, 48, of Grottoes.

A 9-inch folding knife was recovered at the scene.


Update: Friday, 6:55 p.m. Shortly after 1 p.m. Friday (May 14), the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call for someone breaking into a residence on Blue Fish Lane. When the deputies arrived on scene, they encountered an adult male who ran away from the trailer and into the woods behind the residence.

The deputies followed him on foot. At the woodline, the man turned around and, wielding a knife, charged towards the deputy. The deputy discharged his firearm striking the man.

EMS responded to the scene. Despite their efforts, the male subject succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The incident remains under investigation at this time.


First report: Saturday, 3:54 p.m. Details are scarce, but the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is confirming an officer-involved shooting in Grottoes on Friday.

Deputies had been dispatched to Blue Fish Lane for the report of a burglary at 12:34 p.m.

While investigating the complaint, the responding deputies engaged a suspect in the nearby woods.

“I can confirm that we have had an officer-involved shooting. I have turned the scene and the investigation over to the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Appomattox Division,” Sheriff Donald L. Smith said.

No further details are being released by the office.

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