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Man killed in officer-involved shooting in Washington County


The Virginia State Police is investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place on Tuesday in Washington County.

According to the news release, a deputy with the Washington County Sheriff's Office driving on Main Street in Abingdon spotted a vehicle, a 2008 Chrysler Sebring, that was used in a burglary on May 7. When the deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop, the driver fled. The chase continued on Interstate 81 and then onto Highway 11. A trooper assisted in the pursuit and was able to get the car to stop on Maple Street in the town of Glade Spring.

Police say the driver, identified as Phillip C. Gibson, II, 37 of Castlewood, VA ran from the scene, but tripped and fell.

"It was at this point that Gibson pointed a firearm at the deputies. Three deputies fired at Gibson. Despite the efforts of a Glade Spring Police Officer and Virginia State Police Trooper to administer CPR, Gibson died at the scene. Gibson’s remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy."--Corinne Geller, Virginia State Police.

It was later determined that the gun Gibson pointed at officers was a "BB gun replica." It was completely black and did not have an orange tip. Gibson was also carrying a concealed .357 handgun that was stolen during a burglary. Officers recovered "numerous items reported stolen from separate residential burglaries" inside the Sebring.

The VSP is handling the investigation and will turn its findings over the Commonwealth's Attorney for a final review.

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