Teen dead in officer-involved shooting

PURCELLVILLE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Virginia State Police said they responded to the scene of a fatal officer-involved shooting on Saturday afternoon.

Police said the incident happened around 2:12 p.m. The Purcellville Police Department got a call from a person at a residence in the 100 block of Frazer Drive in Purcellville.

According to authorities, the call to police was for seeking help with a 17-year-old teenager threatening suicide.

An officer arrived at the scene and went up to the teenager, who was armed with a knife and lunged at the officer, authorities said. The teenager was shot subsequently shot.

The teen was taken to the hospital where he was declared deceased. Police said the officer was not hurt.

An autopsy and an examination are being done and the investigation is still ongoing.

"To ensure our citizens a thorough and independent review of this incident, I have asked the Virginia State Police to conduct the investigation. My department is fully cooperating with the state police," said Chief Darryl Smith,from the town of Purcellville, Va. police department.

The officer involved in the shooting has been put on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation, authorities said.


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