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Update: Harris released from hospital after officer-involved shooting in Augusta County

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Update: Tuesday, 9:06 a.m. Deonte Laron Harris, 31, was released from the hospital and arrested by UVA PD on the outstanding warrants, obtained by the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, stemming from the incident that occurred on May 20th.

He was subsequently transported to Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail where he is being held.


First report: Thursday, May 20, 7:57 a.m. A Waynesboro man was airlifted to UVA Hospital after being shot by an Augusta County sheriff’s deputy early Thursday morning in Stuarts Draft.

It’s the second officer-involved shooting in Augusta County in the past week, and both involved instances in which the mental health of the suspect played a role in the outcome.

Deonte Laron Harris, 31, was involved in a domestic disturbance at a location in the 100 block of Farmside Street in Stuarts Draft reported at 12:41 a.m.

As the responding deputy approached Harris’s vehicle and attempted to make contact, the suspect fled the scene.

The deputy pursued Harris at low speeds throughout a network of adjoining neighborhoods before the two ended up at the original scene of the disturbance.

Harris, according to a press release from the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, remained in the vehicle, and the deputy observed him placing a gun in his mouth.

As the deputy approached the vehicle, he removed the gun from his mouth and displayed a second firearm.

The deputy engaged with Harris at this stage.

After the engagement, Harris was transported to Augusta Health and then airlifted to UVA.

A dog that Harris had stolen from the residence during the domestic disturbance was recovered from the vehicle unharmed and returned to the owner.

Augusta Health Augusta Free Press Kris McMackin CPA
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