The Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal shooting and high-speed chase.
The Culpeper County Sheriff's Office says a deputy shot and killed Harold Lee Daniels, 59, Thursday night at a home along Oak Forest Drive in Rapidan, near the Madison and Orange County lines.
None of the deputies involved were injured and their name have not yet been released.
According to the Virginia State Police, a Culpeper County deputy sheriff was conducting radar speed enforcement on Route 15 when they observed a Ford Escape traveling over 100 mph. When the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, it refused and the deputy eventually lost sight of the vehicle.
A second deputy got involved and the car was eventually located at a home on Oak Forest Drive at 7:25 p.m. after a chase. While the deputies attempted to apprehend the driver of the Escape - Daniels - he pointed a handgun at them. The deputies then shot Daniels and he died on scene.
Information obtained by NBC29 shows that Daniels has no criminal history, with only two minor traffic violations on his record.
An autopsy was scheduled for Friday, as state police continue to try to piece together what happened.
Virginia State Police Press Release
CULPEPER – The investigation into Thursday night's (April 11, 2013) fatal shooting of a Rapidan resident by the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office remains ongoing by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's (BCI) Culpeper Field Office. The Culpeper County Sheriff's Office requested the assistance of the Virginia State Police BCI Police Shooting Investigation Team to investigate the incident.
During the course of the overnight investigation, the following sequence of events has been confirmed:
On April 11, a Culpeper County Deputy Sheriff was conducting radar speed enforcement on Route 15 within Culpeper County. At approximately 6:43 PM the deputy observed a 2001 Ford Escape traveling southbound at a high rate of speed and checked its speed in excess of 100 mph. The deputy attempted to affect a traffic stop on the Ford Escape, but it refused to yield and the deputy lost sight of the vehicle. The initial deputy and a second deputy from the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation in an attempt to locate the vehicle and its operator. At approximately 7:25 PM, their investigation lead them to a residence on Oak Forest Drive in Rapidan, where the vehicle and its operator were located.
During the course of being apprehended, the driver, Harold Lee Daniels, 59, of Rapidan, pointed a handgun at the deputies. The deputies subsequently shot the male subject. Mr. Daniels died at the scene.
An autopsy is scheduled to be conducted on today's date at the Medical Examiner's Office in Manassas, Virginia.
The investigation into this incident remains ongoing at this time.
Culpeper County Sheriff's Office Press Release
On Thursday evening a Culpeper County Sheriff's Office Patrol Deputy shot and killed a suspect at a residence on Oak Forest Drive in Rapidan, Virginia. Neither of the deputies involved were injured and Sheriff Scott Jenkins has turned the investigation over to the Virginia State Police. Any further media inquiries regarding the details of this incident should be directed to the Virginia State Police at this time.
Sheriff Jenkins asks the community to keep the deputies and their families in their thoughts and prayers.
Virginia State Police Press Release
At the request of the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's "Police Shooting Investigation Team" from the Culpeper Field Office is currently investigating the fatal shooting incident involving deputies with the sheriff's office. The body of the deceased has been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Manassas for examination and autopsy. State police are still in the process of locating and notifying the male subject's next of kin. The incident remains ongoing at this time and we will release additional information as it becomes available.
For information and names concerning the deputies involved, you will need contact the Sheriff's Office. VSP does not release the names or personnel details related to the law enforcement personnel involved in such shootings.