Spotsylvania man in critical condition after officer-involved shooting during prostitution sting operation

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SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va (WRIC) — Spotsylvania County authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place at local hotel Thursday night during a prostitution sting operation.

According to the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office, deputies conducting the operation learned of a man who “requested sexual services” and agreed to meet a female at an arranged location, a hotel in the the 5400 block of Jefferson Davis Hwy. Members of the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit entered the hotel room where the man had arranged to meet the woman.

The Sheriff’s Office said deputies commanded the man to show his hands but that he had reached for a gun during his arrest.

“During the arrest the male reached for a gun in his waistband. Deputies again gave verbal commands for the male to show his hands at which point he did not comply,” a release from the Sheriff’s Office said.

A deputy shot the man, identified only as 37-year-old Spotsylvania County resident, in the upper torso. The man was transported to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition after undergoing surgery.

Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, to include the Office’s Critical Incident Response Team is currently investigating the shooting and a separate Internal Affairs Investigation is also being investigated. The deputy involved, who is a 19-year veteran with this office was placed on Administrative Leave per Sheriff’s Office policy. We are still in the early stages of the investigation. The Sheriff’s Office extends their prayers to all involved in the incident.”

Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office

The deputy involved was not injured and has been placed on administrative leave. The names of the people involved will not be released at this time.

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