A 32-year-old Pulaski man was airlifted to a Roanoke hospital Sunday after being shot by a police officer attempting to arrest him.
According to Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jeff Saunders, John Benton Hodges was short once by a deputy when Hodges allegedly pointed a firearm at deputies attempting to arrest him on felony charges.
The incident occurred around 12:58 p.m. in a neighborhood off Rt. 100 near the New River Valley Fairgrounds.
Saunders said officers encountered Hodges at the Dublin residence. At that point, Hodges is alleged to have fled on foot into the residence. Police pursued Hodges into the residence. When confronted by authorities, police say Hodges “pulled a handgun and pointed it at the deputies.”
According to Saunders, a deputy shot Hodges once, then immediately started first aid on Hodges until Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene. At that point, Hodges was airlifted from the scene to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
His condition is unknown.
As is standard practice with all police officer related shootings, the investigation is being handled by Virginia State Police.
The deputy who shot Hodges has been placed on administrative leave pending outcome of the investigation. This, too, is standard practice.
Saunders said numerous charges are pending against Hodges.
No further information is being released until the investigation is completed.
A spokeswoman for Roanoke Memorial said Tuesday morning there was no information to release on Hodges’ condition.