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UPDATED: Deputy-involved shooting in Montgomery County

June 05, 2010
  • Deputies went to Bee Lane around 11:30 Friday night in response to a 911 call.
Deputies went to Bee Lane around 11:30 Friday night in response to a 911 call.

An investigation has been launched into a deputy-involved shooting Friday night in Montgomery County.

Deputies got a 911 call around 11:40 in the 400 black of Bee Lane, that's off of Merrimac Road.

According to State Police, when deputies got to the house, 49-year-old Billy Ray Smith Junior reportedly came at authorities with a knife. That's when a deputy shot him.

Smith died at the scene.

The deputy involved will be placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation. That's standard procedure. His or her name is not being released.

This is the second deputy-involved shooting for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office within the past six months. Back in December, 35-year old Michael Eugene Potts of Christiansburg was shot and killed while holding his two-year-old daughter hostage. That shooting was ruled "justified and appropriate."


Here's the full press release:

At 11:39 p.m. on June 4, Deputies from our Office responded to a 911 call at Bee Lane in Montgomery County.

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After Deputies arrived at Bee Lane a 49 year old male subject came at the Deputies with a knife and was shot by a Deputy from our Office.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other injuries to the others involved. The name of the suspect is not being released at this time.

The Deputy involved will be placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation. The Virginia State Police is conducting the post-shooting investigation.

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