FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) " The Latest on a fatal shooting by a sheriff's deputy near a hospital (all times local):
Police say a northern Virginia sheriff's deputy fatally shot a hospital patient who they say was wielding a metal sign post and appeared to be mentally disturbed.
Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler and Sheriff Stacey Kincaid released details about the Monday night shooting at a news conference Tuesday.
Roessler says a 29-year-old Hispanic man had just been discharged from Inova Fairfax Hospital when he began wielding a sign post with a sharp metal end. Roessler said a hospital security guard was injured before a sheriff's deputy responded.
Roessler says the deputy, an 18-year veteran, tried to talk the man down, but he continued to charge at the deputy until he fired multiple shots. Roessler didn't identify either the patient or the deputy, who is on administrative leave. He also did not release the deputy's race.
The deputy had been guarding another patient at the hospital when he responded.
In Virginia, deputies hold the same authority as police in responding to incidents.
An official at a northern Virginia hospital says a man fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy in a confrontation near the hospital was a patient.
Inova Fairfax Hospital spokeswoman Tracy Connell declined to comment in an email because the man involved was a patient, citing privacy laws. She referred questions to police.
Police said in a statement that that hospital security reported a man with an edged weapon at a campus bus stop Monday night. Police say a deputy on assignment at the hospital found the man, who threatened the deputy with an object. Police say the deputy fired, striking the man. He was taken to the nearby hospital, where police say he later died.
Police say the deputy will be on routine administrative leave.
Authorities say a man has died after he was shot by sheriff's deputy he threatened with an unidentified object outside a northern Virginia hospital.
Fairfax County police spokesman Don Gotthardt said by telephone Tuesday that the man has died. Police initially said his injuries weren't life-threatening.
Police said in a statement that that Inova Fairfax Hospital security reported a man with an edged weapon at a campus bus stop Monday night. Police say a deputy on assignment at the hospital found the man, who threatened the deputy with an object. Police say the deputy fired, striking the man.
Police say the sheriff's office will conduct an internal investigation and the deputy will be on routine administrative leave. Police didn't release the names or races of the man or the deputy.
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