Update: Waynesboro man dead in officer-involved shooting in Amherst County

policeA Waynesboro man is dead in an officer-involved shooting in Amherst County reported Sunday.

Anthony Makai Hutchinson, 40, of Waynesboro, is dead after apparently exchanging gunfire with law enforcement following a pursuit Sunday morning.

The crash and shooting occurred at approximately 11:18 a.m. on Route 29 near Spencer Mountain Road. The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office had received a lookout for a 2014 maroon Nissan Altima which may be traveling on Route 29, which was a suspect vehicle in a shooting in Nelson County.

A vehicle matching the description was spotted traveling south on Route 29 in Amherst County. The Sheriff’s Deputy attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle. After the Deputy activated his emergency equipment the Nissan fled continuing south at a high rate of speed on Route 29.

As the Nissan approached Spencer Mountain Road, the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway, lost control and crashed.

As the deputies exited their vehicles, the driver of the Nissan opened fire with a handgun from inside the Nissan striking one of the responding deputies. Deputies returned gunfire striking the suspect.

Hutchinson died at the scene.

One Amherst County Deputy received a non-life threatening gunshot wound in the exchange.

In accordance with Amherst County policy, three deputies have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is being completed.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation (Appomattox) is investigating to determine if this pursuit is related to a shooting which occurred in the 1700 block of Avon Road in Nelson County, which occurred shortly before 11:00 a.m.

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