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Police: Virginia deputy fatally shot teen who stabbed him

July 18, 2021 GMT

APPALACHIA, Va. (AP) — A southwest Virginia deputy fatally shot a 16-year-old after the teen stabbed him during a confrontation, according to state police.

The incident took place Saturday afternoon near the community of Appalachia in Wise County during a search for two missing juveniles, local news outlets reported, citing a news release from Virginia State Police.

As deputies were searching the area, one noticed a vehicle parked in bushes with two people inside, state police said.

A male passenger exited the vehicle and an altercation began, during which the teen stabbed the deputy and the deputy shot him, according to state police. A 13-year-old female in the vehicle was not hurt.

The injured deputy was flown to a Tennessee hospital for treatment. The 16-year-old’s remains were taken to a medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

The teenagers were confirmed to be the juveniles who had been reported missing earlier in the day, news outlets reported. Police did not immediately identify anyone involved in the incident.

An investigation is ongoing.