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Updated: Police Investigate Car Crash, Officer-Involved Shooting

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Police on the scene in Nelson County Police on the scene in Nelson County
NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Police responded to a deadly shooting in Nelson County and a vehicle crash in Amherst County.

A woman was found dead inside a home along Avon Road when police arrived. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Shortly after, officers responded to a car crash in Amherst County. Shots were fired there between the driver and deputies.

The driver died at the scene, and one deputy who was shot was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.


Update 08/12/2018 at 5 p.m.:

AMHERST, Va. – At the request of the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office the Virginia State Police is investigating a motor vehicle crash which involved an
officer involved shooting. The crash and shooting occurred following a pursuit on Sunday (Aug 12) at approximately 11:18 a.m. on Route 29 near Spencer
Mountain Road.

Amherst County Sheriff’s Office received a lookout for a 2014 maroon Nissan Altima which may be traveling on Route 29, which was a suspect vehicle in a shooting in Nelson County. A vehicle matching the description was spotted traveling south on Route 29 in Amherst County. The Sheriff’s Deputy attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle. After the Deputy activated his emergency equipment the Nissan fled continuing south at a high rate of speed on Route 29. As the Nissan approached Spencer Mountain Road, the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway, lost control and crashed.

As the deputies exited their vehicles, the driver of the Nissan opened fire with a handgun from inside the Nissan striking one of the responding deputies. Deputies returned gunfire striking the suspect. The suspect was identified as Anthony Makai Hutchinson, 40, of Waynesboro, Va. Hutchinson died at the scene.

One Amherst County Deputy received a non-life threatening gunshot wound in the exchange. In accordance with Amherst County policy, three deputies have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is being completed.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation (Appomattox) is investigating to determine if this pursuit is related to a shooting which occurred in
the 1700 block of Avon Road in Nelson County, which occurred shortly before 11:00 a.m.


Virginia State Police Press Release:

Virginia State Police are investigating two incidents in Nelson and Amherst counties:

Incident #1:

Shortly before 11 a.m., Sunday (Aug. 12, 2018), the Nelson County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police responded to a residence in the 1700 block of Avon Road where a deceased individual was located. The incident is being investigated as a homicide and search efforts were immediately underway for the suspect. The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office is at the scene and investigating.

Incident #2:
In Amherst County at approximately 11:20 a.m., a vehicle crashed while traveling along Geddes Mountain Road in Amherst County. As Amherst County Sheriff's Deputies engaged with the driver of the crashed vehicle, a deputy was shot. The driver of the vehicle is deceased. The deputy was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office is at the scene and investigating.

State police is working to determine if these two incidents are related.