AMHERST, Va. (AP) — Virginia authorities say no charges will be filed against sheriff’s deputies involved in a shootout with a man who was killed, and the medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.
The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office tells news outlets the three deputies are now released from administrative duties. It said in a Facebook post Thursday that an investigation by State Police and the County Commonwealth’s Attorney found the deputies reacted with appropriate force when they exchanged gunfire during a traffic stop with 40-year-old Anthony Hutchinson in August.
The sheriff’s office says the medical examiner found Hutchinson died from a self-inflicted gunshot.
Authorities say the Waynesboro man was suspected of killing 29-year-old Alexia Lockett at her Afton home, and a deputy had tried to stop the car he fled in.
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