UPDATE: Man identified after officer-involved shooting in Bassett

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State police have identified the man shot by one of the Sheriff's deputies after the suspect began firing at their vehicle.

The male suspect has been identified as Johnny D. Carter, 24, of Henry County.

No residents or sheriff's deputies were injured during the incident.

This investigation is still ongoing.


Virginia State Police say one man is dead, following an officer-involved shooting Tuesday morning.

According to state police, the Henry County Sheriff's Office around 4 Tuesday morning about a man trying to force his way into a home on Philpott Drive. State police say the man started firing into the home after being unable to gain entry.

When deputies arrived on scene, State Police say the man began firing at their vehicles. A deputy returned fire, hitting the man.

The man was taken to SOVAH Health in Martinsville, where he died.

Here is the statement WDBJ7 received from Virginia State Police

At the request of Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry, the Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal, officer-involved shooting that occurred early Tuesday morning (Dec. 5, 2017) in the community of Bassett.

The incident began around 4 a.m. Tuesday when the Henry County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a male subject trying to force his way into a residence in the 3300 block of Philpott Drive. When the male subject was unable to make entry, he began firing a handgun outside the residence.

As soon as the Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies pulled up to the scene, the male suspect began firing at their vehicles. One of the sheriff’s deputies returned fire and the male suspect was wounded.

The male subject was transported to Sovah Health in Martinsville, where he succumbed to his injuries.

No residents or sheriff’s deputies were injured during the incident.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Division is at the scene conducting its investigation into the incident. State police are also in the process of confirming the identity of the male subject and will then notify his next of kin.