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Winchester Officers Found Justified in Shootout

11 July 2018 News


The Virginia State Police have announced that the actions of a Winchester Police Department officer who shot an armed suspect during a call on July 2nd were justified.

Fire was exchanged after Winchester Police officers responded to a call in the 400 block of North Loudoun Street at approximately 4:48 a.m. that day for a report of a suicidal subject. When officers attempted to make contact with him and asked him to come out of the residence, he refused and fired shots at them. After one officer returned fire and shot him, the suspect was transported to the Winchester Medical Center and treated for his injuries. He was later identified as 48-year-old Scott Bradley Garthwaite of Winchester.

Garthwaite was released from the Winchester Medical Center and charged with two felonies: attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. State police conducted the investigation into the shooting of Garthwaite at the request of the Winchester Police Department; Winchester Commonwealth’s Attorney Marc Abrams reviewed all evidence and determined that the officers involved were without fault.

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