GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – Gloucester County Sheriff Darrell Warren Jr. said during a press conference Friday that Willie Giles, 52, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after deputies shot him during a March incident.

Warren screened bodycam video from his two deputies and played a 911 call, but permitted the media only to take notes.

Warren said Giles was distraught and suicidal following a recent break-up with his girlfriend. He came to her home in the early evening of March 25 on Ark Road, and threatened to kill himself and her dog. She was away at the time but they communicated through her Ring doorbell.

“Giles is heard telling her to call the cops, and she will come home to find a bloody mess,” Warren said.

About 10 shots were exchanged during a five-second period and Giles shot himself as he tumbled to the ground. Warren said the autopsy shows that the self-inflicted fatal gunshot wound to the head that matched Giles’ 9mm was the fatal shot. He was also wounded from the deputies’ fire.

“Giles came to this residence with evil intentions,” Warren said Friday morning. “He was interrupted by two courageous deputies who were miraculously able to survive his attempts to shoot himself out of the situation.”

Warren said the shooting was determined to be justified following the conclusion this week of an investigation by Virginia State Police.

When deputies arrived to the rear of home, Giles was walking down the back stairs.

The Sheriff’s Office said deputies gave Giles commands. 10 On Your Side was told Giles then pulled out a gun and shot at deputies. Deputies then fired back at Giles, and he later died at the hospital. We’re told no deputies were hurt in the shootout.

10 On Your Side’s investigative team found that Giles was convicted of misdemeanor assault and battery in 2018, but the victim was not the same person who owned the home on Ark Rd.

A man who knew Giles said he was a big supporter for Gloucester Youth Baseball.

“He’s been an influence in my life as a coach, and he’s been an influence on countless numbers of children in Gloucester County,” said Wes Robbins, a Gloucester County baseball coach.