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BCSO deputy was pursuing man after home invasion

    A Bedford County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed a suspect in a home invasion that occurred last Tuesday night, July 29.
    At 8:03 p.m. Tuesday night, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from 1554 Stewartsville Road, Moneta. The caller reported that she was home alone and was in the shower, when a male broke into her home.
    According to authorities, the man grabbed her and pulled her out of the shower while holding a handgun to her head. He demanded she give him her car keys. When she did not, he tried to hot wire her vehicle. When his efforts to start the car failed, he left the victim’s home riding what the woman described as a moped, traveling west on Stewartsville Road.
    At 8:50 p.m. that evening, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies observed a man on a dirt bike near the intersection of Stewartsville Road and Harveys Creek Road. Attempts to stop the bike failed due to it going off the road and through fields.   
    At 12:08 a.m. Wednesday morning, while still in the area looking for the home invasion suspect,  a  deputy  observed  a vehicle traveling east on Stewartsville Road being operated in a reckless manner. The vehicle turned left onto Moneta Road and headed north towards Bedford. When the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle it continued to travel north on Moneta Road.
    The deputy pursued the vehicle and it turned left onto Oakwood Knolls, which is a dead end road. As the vehicle approached the end of Oakwood Knoll, it struck the front on the deputy’s vehicle. When the vehicle came to a stop, the driver exited the vehicle and shots were fired.
    The suspect was transported to Bedford Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Virginia State Police was notified and responded to the scene. The State Police investigation is continuing into the officer involved shooting, the pursuit and stolen vehicle. At this time, the suspect in the home invasion and vehicle pursuit is  believed to be same.
    The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the State Police investigation.
    “Our agency investigates all law enforcement shootings,” said First Sergeant Mike Bailey, of the Virginia State Police field office that covers Bedford and Franklin counties.
    Sgt. Bailey said state police special agents are investigating the entire chain of events that led to the fatal encounter.
    “We’re doing a thorough, in-depth investigation and will write a report of our findings to the Sheriff’s Office,” Sgt. Bailey said.