Virginia State Police Beat: man confronted Powhatan Deputy with shotgun committed suicide by cop

Virginia State Police Beat

POWHATAN CO., Va.- Another case of suicide by cop is reported from the Virginia State Police when an armed man confronted a deputy responding to the scene of an armed man in a domestic dispute.  Such incidents can end only one of two ways; the armed man puts down his gun and assumes the position just like on TV or he aims his weapon at the cop and is dropped in his tracks.

Virginia State Police reported that an officer-involved shooting in Powhatan County remains under investigation by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s (BCI) Richmond Field Office Police Shooting Investigative Team.

Powhatan County Sheriff Gregory A. Neal

Powhatan County Sheriff Gregory A. Neal

At approximately 9:29 p.m., Monday (August 3), the Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police responded to a residence in the 2100 block of Urbine Road in Powhatan County. The initial call was for a domestic situation.

When law enforcement responded they encountered Franklin M. Short, 71, armed with a firearm. The subject was subsequently shot by a Powhatan County Sheriff’s Deputy. The male subject died at the scene. No law enforcement officer on the scene was injured, according to Sgt. Stephan Vick of the Virginia State Police.

Short’s remains were transported to the Office of the Chief of Medical Examiner in Richmond for examination and autopsy.

At the request of the Powhatan County Sheriff, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Richmond Field Office is investigating the incident. The investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Upon completion of the state police investigation, the findings will be turned over to the Commonwealth Attorney for final review and adjudication.


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