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Deputy-involved shooting in Pulaski County

June 20, 2010
  • The shooting happened on Collier Street, which is off Route 100 near the New River Valley Fairgrounds.
The shooting happened on Collier Street, which is off Route 100 near the New River Valley Fairgrounds.

State Police are investigating a deputy-involved shooting in Pulaski County.

Officials say two Pulaski County Sheriff's Deputies were trying to arrest 32-year-old John Benton Hodges of Pulaski.  He was wanted on several felony charges.

Around 1 p.m., deputies chased Hodges into a home near the New River Valley Fairgrounds in Dublin. That's when deputies say Hodges pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the deputies. That's when one of the deputies shot Hodges.

Hodges was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

The deputy involved has been placed on administrative leave.

Here is the full press release from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office:

Two Pulaski County Sheriff's Deputies were attempting to arrest a wanted subject on Felony charges today at 12:58pm in a neighborhood off of Rt-100 near the New River Valley Fairgrounds in the Dublin area of Pulaski County.

The Subject John Benton Hodges age 32 of Pulaski was wanted on several felony charges and was located at a residence in Dublin, Va.

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Sheriff's Deputies encountered Hodges and at that time Hodges fled on foot and ran into a residence. When pursued into the residence and confronted by Sheriff's Deputies Hodges pulled a handgun and pointed it at the deputies.

Hodges received one gunshot wound from a Sheriff's Deputy who then immediately initiated first aid until EMS arrived on scene.

Hodges was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital and his condition is unknown at this time.

The investigation, as with any officer involved shooting will be handled by an outside agency which in this case is the Virginia State Police.

The Deputy involved will be placed on administrative leave as per policy pending the investigation. The investigation is ongoing at this time as numerous other charges are pending against Hodges.

No further information will be released by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office pending the ongoing investigation.

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