Police: Man shot by Surry deputy carried 2×4 of wood, charged at deputies

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SURRY, Va. (WAVY) — A male suspect was shot by a Surry County deputy Friday afternoon near the Surry side of the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry after police say he charged at deputies while carrying a 2×4 piece of wood and a sharp object.

Authorities say the incident happened just after 1 p.m. near the ferry dock, along Route 31 near Tappahanna Hundred. Officers arrived at the scene and found the man walking along Route 31, yelling at passing drivers while carrying the 2×4 and sharp object.

State Police say deputies approached the man, but he refused to comply with requests to drop the objects. After multiple attempts to coax the man into dropping the objects, police say he charged at the deputies and was shot by one deputy. 

The man was taken to Riverside Regional for treatment of the non life-threatening wound, and no other people were injured in the incident. 

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Chesapeake Field Office is investigating, and the Surry deputy has been placed on administrative leave in the meantime. 

Ferry service and Route 31 (Rolfe Highway) were closed, but reopened around 7 p.m., State Police said. 

Drivers were encouraged to use either U.S. 17 and the James River Bridge or Route 156 and the Benjamin Harrison Bridge.

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