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More details released in officer involved shooting at Pulaski storage facility

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Robert Frost died from return fire from a Pulaski Police officer on Tuesday at a storage facility. His family says Frost suffered from PTSD and extreme depression. Robert Frost died from return fire from a Pulaski Police officer on Tuesday at a storage facility. His family says Frost suffered from PTSD and extreme depression.

PULASKI, VIRGINIA (WVVA) Authorities in Pulaski, Virginia release more details on the fatal shooting of a man by police outside a storage facility on Tuesday.

They say an officer  was checking the Pulaski Storage lot when he discovered a man, later identified at Robert Frost, 46, asleep in a pickup truck with a gun in his hand. The officer backed away from the vehicle and called for backup. Police say Frost suddenly awoke and started shooting. The officer returned fire. Frost then opened the truck door and fell out. 

Frost was taken to Lewis-Gale Hospital where he later died. His family says Frost had been struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and emotional depression for years after returning from military service in Operation Desert Storm.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave. The Virginia State Police is handling the investigation.

The full news release is below:

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at approximately 12:55 A.M., Officer A. M. Abdelaziz was checking the Pulaski Storage lot on Bob White Boulevard when he discovered a Ford pickup truck sitting in a row between the storage buildings. Initially believing that the truck was unoccupied due to the tinted back glass, he approached it and observed a man, later identified as Robert A. Frost (46 years of age), sitting in the front seat, apparently asleep, with a handgun in his hand resting on his lap. Officer Abdelaziz backed up a few steps, requested assistance by his radio, and then walked back up to the open window of the truck. The male occupant suddenly awoke and instantly raised the firearm and began shooting. Officer Abdelaziz retreated to the rear of the vehicle where he discharged three shots in an attempt to stop the attack. Mr. Frost then opened the truck door and fell onto the ground. Police personnel immediately initiated emergency medical first aid while an ambulance was requested. Mr. Frost was transported to the Lewis-Gale hospital in Pulaski where he later died. Mr. Frost's remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy. Officer Abdelaziz was not injured.

The family of the deceased was notified of the incident by Pulaski Police Captain A. C. Meredith. They indicated to Captain Meredith that they were not surprised that something like this happened as he had been struggling with PTSD and emotional depression for years after returning from military service in Operation Desert Storm. He had also said that when he “went”, he would make the police kill him.

The Virginia State Police were requested to conduct the investigation into the incident to ensure an independent examination of the case. Upon completion of the investigation, the findings will be turned over to the Commonwealth's Attorney for review and prosecutorial determination.

Officer Abdelaziz has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation. It is a tragedy that some citizens returning from service to their country are haunted by personal demons that may contribute to incidents such as this one.

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