Police identify man shot to death during Luray hostage standoff

A hostage standoff in Luray, Virginia, ended with officers fatally shooting the man who was holding two people inside a convenience store.

Virginia State Police said that around noon, their troopers — along with officers from the Luray Police Department, Shenandoah Police Department, Page County Sherriff’s Office and U.S. Park Police — responded to an armed hostage situation inside a convenience store on West Main Street near Memorial Drive.

Officers used a loudspeaker to communicate with suspect. Authorities said he repeatedly refused to put down his weapon and exit the building. At one point, he allegedly stepped to the front of the store and opened the door, but then went back inside.

At approximately 1:15 p.m., authorities said the suspect exited the front of the store with a long gun pointed at law enforcement. He was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

Virginia State Police identified the man as De’Shon J. Hill, 39, of Luray. His body was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Manassas for an autopsy.

The two hostages were not injured.

A trooper involved in the shooting, state police said, has been placed on administrative leave while an investigation is underway.

Below is a map of where the hostage situation took place:

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Julie Gallagher

Julie Gallagher is a freelance digital writer and editor for WTOP.com. She previously covered the 2020 election with CNN and has bylines in The Lily, WIRED, NBC Washington, The Baltimore Sun, Washington City Paper and more.

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