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Louisa County deputies fatally shoot Mineral man charged with felony

Louisa County courthouse
Officers shot a person suspected of a felony while responding to an address in Louisa County. (Photo: Calvin Beale/Wikimedia Commons)

Louisa County deputies shot and killed a Mineral man wanted on a felony charge in Orange County, according to a pair of late Monday press releases.

Virginia State Police distributed a statement that Michael Cline, 35, died Monday after two deputies attempted to place him under arrest. As written in the notice, Cline "produced a knife and rushed toward the deputies," prompting both officers to fatally shoot him.

Both officers have been placed on administrative leave.

According to information from the Orange County General District Court's online case information system, Michael Christopher Cline of Mineral was charged with auto theft grand larceny in September.

An earlier statement from the Louisa County Sheriff's Office contained details on how the incident occurred Monday afternoon, but did not provide any information about the status of the person shot, residents or officers:

“When deputies arrived, they were advised that the subject was not there, and were getting ready to leave. As the officers went to leave the location, they observed the subject running out of the residence, and the deputies pursued. As the deputies were attempting to take the subject into custody, the subject ran toward the deputies displaying a weapon, causing deputies to shoot the subject.”

The shooting is under investigation by the Richmond field office of VSP's Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

This is a developing story.


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