VSP identifies suspect in armed hostage situation in Luray
LURAY, Va. (WHSV) - The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation is conducting the investigation into the shooting incident, which involves personnel from state police, Town of Luray Police Department, Town of Shenandoah Police Department, Page County Sheriff’s Office and National Park Police.
Sgt. Brent Coffey with Virginia State Police tells WHSV the local, state and federal law enforcement had responded en masse to an emergency 911 call for an armed male subject having taken people hostage inside a convenience store in the 500 block of West Main Street in the Town of Luray.
He says the call came in around noon and the responding law enforcement personnel staged in the parking lot outside the store.
For an extended period of time, law enforcement personnel worked to verbally engage the armed male subject, 39-year-old De’Shon J. Hill of Luray, Va. via a loudspeaker, according to Coffey. He adds the man refused to cooperate with law enforcement’s repeated commands to put down his weapon and safely exit the building. During the course of the attempted negotiations, he did come to the front of the store and open the door and then retreat back inside.
At approximately 1:15 p.m., VSP reports the man exited through the front doors of the store with a long gun that he pointed at law enforcement. Law enforcement at the scene fired at the male subject. He died at the scene. The long gun was recovered at the scene. His remains will be transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Manassas for examination and autopsy. State police is still in the process of notifying next of kin.
VSP adds the two individuals taken hostage inside the store were not injured during the incident. No law enforcement were injured during the course of the incident.
In accordance with state police policy, the trooper involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave pending the ongoing criminal investigation and an administrative investigation, officials say.
Mable Frye has lived in Luray her whole life and saw the situation unfold from her front yard.
“When he came out of the store and they shot him, it was really traumatic. I’m glad the kids that I watch didn’t see that. But everybody says, ‘We live in a small community and things like this doesn’t happen here,’ but I learned that things do happen,” Frye said.
Frye said she has never seen something quite like this before.
“As long as I’ve lived here, I’ve never seen [anything] this traumatic. I’ve seen someone get in a car wreck. I’ve seen young men get beat up but not to death,” Frye said. “I’m praying for my community that somewhere somehow in the community something like this won’t happen again.”
Page County Sheriff Chad Cubbage provided details in a Facebook post:
“On June 22, 2021 Deputies with the Page County Sheriff’s Office and Luray Police Department, and Virginia State Police, and other local agencies, responded to Page Convenience Store on West Main Street in the Town of Luray for a report of a male with a gun, located inside the store. It was found that two additional by-standers were in the store with the male.
The male suspect exited the store, pointing the gun at officers on the perimeter and officers returned fire. The suspect died at the scene. No officers or citizens were injured. At this time, Virginia State Police, Division 2 Bureau of Criminal Investigations shoot team has been requested to investigate the incident. No further release will be made by this office.”
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