ROCKY MOUNT, Va. – At the request of Rocky Mount Police Chief Ken Criner, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office is investigating a non-fatal officer-involved shooting in the Town of Rocky Mount.
On Saturday (Oct. 14) shortly before midnight, a Rocky Mount Police Officer located an adult male subject with a pending emergency custody order. Less than an hour earlier, a Franklin County magistrate issued the order to commit the individual into custody for evaluation by medical professionals.
The officer stopped his vehicle to approach the subject at the Rocky Mount Plaza shopping center on Tanyard Road.
As the officer approached the subject, the man began physically assaulting the officer. During the altercation, the officer fired at the subject, striking him and ending the assault.
Multiple law enforcement and public safety agencies responded to the incident.
The male subject was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital by ambulance for treatment of a non-life threatening injury.
The officer was transported to Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital by ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries sustained in the assault. The officer has been treated and released.
The officer is on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the inquiry, per standard department policy.
The Rocky Mount Police Department will have no further comment at this time due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.