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Virginia police shoot man accused of firing at officers

June 26, 2020 GMT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia shot and wounded a man accused of exchanging gunfire with officers, according to authorities.

Roanoke Police officers were trying to question two men on Thursday afternoon about a separate shooting when the men began running away, Chief Sam Roman said.

Roman said one of the men turned and fired multiple shots at the officers, and two of the officers returned fire.

One of the men was struck and taken to a hospital with injuries that were described as life-threatening, officials said. The second man continued to run and was not taken into custody Thursday.

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A gun was recovered at the scene, according to Virginia State Police spokesperson Sgt. Rick Garletts.

The state agency was set to investigate the shooting and turn findings over to the office of the commonwealth’s attorney.

The officers involved were taken off active duty pending the outcome of the investigation, police said. They were not immediately identified.

Officials added that the officers were wearing body cameras, and all video would be released to state investigators.