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Suspect in Wythe County officer-involved shooting named, deputy released from hospital

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Published: Nov. 11, 2019 at 4:06 PM EST
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The suspect in the officer-involved shooting over the weekend in Wythe County has been identified.

According to the Wythe County Sheriff's Office, William Cody Grimes, 28, of Rural Retreat, was involved in an accident where he hit a tree with a stolen car before a deputy responded to the scene in the 500 block of Chinquapin Avenue.

Police said Grimes assaulted the deputy and proceeded to fight with him over his gun. The suspect was able to remove the gun from the officer, and fired at the deputy several times. The officer was hit in the holster while he were trying to obtain cover behind his police vehicle.

After making it back to his car, the deputy obtained his patrol rifle and began returning shots at Grimes, hitting him several times.

“The guy is shooting [at the deputy] and he ends up hitting him," said Sheriff Keith Dunagan. “I think there’s plenty of evidence there that the officer responded properly, but we’re going to let somebody else take a look at it to get another set of eyes on it.”

Dunagan said Virginia State Police is conducting an investigation.

The suspect was scheduled for surgery on Monday, while the deputy has since been released from a local hospital.

Grimes is charged with the Attempted Capital Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Grand Larceny of a Motor Vehicle.

The sheriff said Rural Retreat is a very quiet part of the county and an event like this is extremely rare for the department.

“Things like this don’t happen often, but when they do, people are justifiably concerned," Dunagan said. “We just need to reassure them that what we did was right.”

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7)-- A deputy was injured Saturday after responding to a call about a stolen vehicle in the Rural Retreat area of Wythe County.

According to the Wythe County Sheriff's Office, a deputy arrived at the scene to find a stolen vehicle and the suspect who allegedly stole it. A physical altercation ensued, causing the officer to shoot the suspect and the officer to be treated for injuries at a local hospital.

The suspect was flown to a hospital for treatment.

Details are still developing and the case is still under investigation.

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