STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — Deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff's Office in Virginia fatally shot a suicidal man armed with a handgun Sunday evening, officials said.
Just before 8 p.m., deputies responded to the intersection of Garrisonville Road and Ripley Road for a report of a suicidal man. According to the Office of Stafford County Sheriff, deputies tried to assist the 36-year-old man near the intersection and the man pulled a handgun.
Deputies tried to retreat and instructed the man to drop the gun, but the unidentifiable man refused, officials said. The deputies then shot the man.
After the shooting, deputies tried to render first aid to the man, the sheriff's office said. But, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
No deputies were injured during the incident, officials said. The deputies involved in the incident have been placed on routine administrative leave as the investigation continues.
Deputies did not offer any additional information about the shooting. We are working to gather more details.
Editor's note: If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). You can also text a crisis counselor by messaging the Crisis Text Line at 741741. It is free, available 24/7, and confidential.
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