One hospitalized after officer-involved shooting in Lynchburg

Published: Sep. 27, 2023 at 9:47 AM EDT
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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE Wednesday 5:30 p.m.: The Lynchburg Police Department is providing more information about an officer-involved shooting Wednesday morning.

According to LPD, around 9:08 Wednesday morning, officers were called to the 2100 block of Park Avenue for a report of an assault with a knife. A caller to 911 told dispatchers a woman with a knife was chasing a man in Miller Park.

Officers report finding the woman at the bus stop on Park Ave. and trying to communicate with her. According to officers, the woman refused to comply with their commands and reached into a bag alongside her, producing a knife. Officers say they tried to deescalate the situation, but say the woman advanced towards them with the knife.

One officer, according to LPD, discharged their department-issued Taser and another officer discharged their department-issued handgun, hitting the woman.

Officers called the Lynchburg Fire Department for assistance. They took the woman to Lynchburg General Hospital where she is said to be in stable condition.

Chief Ryan Zuidema contacted Virginia State Police to investigate the incident. LPD is simultaneously conducting an internal investigation.

As per protocol, the officer who discharged their department-issued gun has been placed in a non-enforcement, limited-duty assignment until the completion of the investigation.


PREVIOUS STORY: One person is in the hospital after an officer-involved shooting in Lynchburg Wednesday morning, according to the Lynchburg Police Department.

Police say they responded just after 9 a.m. to Miller Park for a report of an assault in progress.

During the investigation, an officer-involved shooting occurred. One person was shot and taken to Lynchburg General Hospital. All responding officers are safe, according to the department.

Check back for updates on this developing story.