GREENSVILLE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia State Police (VSP) has identified the victim in a fatal officer-involved shooting that happened Wednesday in Greensville County.
Police say that around 6:46 p.m. Wednesday, state troopers were called to assist the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office as they served an emergency custody order for 53-year-old Jeffery O. Adkins at his home in the 200 block of Elm Road.
Authorities tell 8News that when state troopers arrived on scene, Adkins was outside the home with a sawed-off shotgun in hand.
Police say Adkins refused to comply with law enforcement’s commands to surrender the weapon. Officers then dispatched negotiators to the scene to aid in calming down the “visibly agitated subject.”
Shortly before 10 p.m., officers used a “diversionary device” to compel Adkins to drop the gun. That’s when police say Adkins fired the gun at law enforcement. A state trooper and a Greensville County deputy returned fire.
Adkins received first aid immediately, according to police, and then was taken to Southern Virginia Regional Hospital in Emporia, where he later died. His remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for examination and autopsy.
In accordance with VSP policy, the state trooper involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave.
Police are continuing to investigate.
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