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State Police probing two officer-involved shootings

By MELINDA WILLIAMS
melinda@southwesttimes.com

The Wytheville Field Office of Virginia State Police is investigating two separate police-involved shootings, one fatal, in Southwest Virginia.

Corrine Geller, VSP spokeswoman, said one of the shootings occurred in Grayson County just before 8 p.m. Monday and the other occurred in Dickenson County just after midnight.

Geller said the first shooting occurred while officers from Grayson County Sheriff’s Office were attempting to serve warrants on a subject wanted for probation violation and failing to appear in court. She said Randy Lee Anders, 32, of Mouth of Wilson, allegedly had made “threatening comments saying that he would not be taken alive by law enforcement.”

Anders was found in the basement of a residence in the 2200 block of Grassy Creek Road after officers received consent from the homeowner to enter the residence, Geller said. As deputies approached Anders, she said, Anders pulled out a handgun and aimed it at the officers, who subsequently shot at Anders.

Geller said Anders was airlifted to Bristol Regional Medical Center, where he was last reported to be in an Intensive Care Unit.

Neither of the Grayson County deputies was injured.

The second shooting occurred when Dickenson County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of an assault at a residence in the 100 block of Paul Stanley Road in the Caney Ridge section of the county. When a deputy confronted a subject suspected to be involved in the assault, the man pulled a knife and charged at the deputy, who fired at the suspect, Geller said.

The suspect, identified as Gary Dean Carty, 60, of Clintwood, also was airlifted to Bristol Regional Medical Center, where he died later Tuesday morning. The deputy wasn’t injured.

As is standard practice with shootings involving officers from other agencies, Virginia State Police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations has been called in to investigate both shootings. Both investigations are ongoing.

Results of the investigations will be turned over to the Commonwealth’s Attorneys of the respective jurisdictions for a final review and determination whether the shootings were justified.