VSP on request of RCSO investigate Deputy involved shooting

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Virginia State Police (VSP) by request of the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) is investigating a deputy involved shooting in Harrisonburg June 4.

The VSP reports by email the incident began when authorities were alerted to a person in the Burgess Road Walmart acting erratically and threatening employees with a knife.

When Harrisonburg and Rockingham County Authorities arrived, the suspect charged at  them.

A Rockingham County Sheriff’s Deputy fired his weapon and struck the suspect.

Officers administered aid immediately until the suspect was able to be transported to Rockingham County Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The suspect was identified as Rockingham County resident Brandon S. Mills, whose remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Manassas.

A knife was recovered at the scene with no other injuries reported.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Update: One fatality in Winchester plane crash in Rockingham

Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson confirmed that a missing plane from Winchester has been located in the Union Springs area of the Shenandoah Valley.

Federal and State Authorities are investigating what caused the plane to crash Wed. Jan. 11.

According to Hutcheson the plane left Winchester shortly before 6:30 heading for Alabama when contact was lost near the Clover Hill area of Rockingham County.

Rockingham County Authorities began the search Jan. 11 but as Hutcheson explained by phone the terrain was rough coupled with the dark they called off the search just past midnight Jan. 12.

Resuming the search at daylight Jan. 12 the wreckage of the craft was found just outside the National Forest.

Hutcheson added that the sole occupant of the plane was the pilot who died at the scene. 

Hutcheson declined identifying the pilot pending notification of the family but he did say he was from Alabama. 

Authorities speculate that weather may have played a factor in the crash as the plane was found laying in snow.

The Federal Aviation Administration and Virginia State Police continue the investigation.

Mario Restrosi of Harrisonburg Radio contributed to this article.

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