Update: Winchester police-involved shooting death considered justified


UPDATE (12/1/20): Virginia State Police say the shooting death of Eric Clark by Winchester Police was justified after an investigation based on police body-cam footage and other available evidence. VSP says no charges will be filed.

“No one enters the law enforcement profession wanting to take a life,” said Winchester Police Chief John Piper in a statement. “However, when circumstances exist which require the use of deadly force to protect officers or citizens, then our community should feel comfort knowing our officers are well trained, properly equipped, and prepared.”

Winchester Police say they will conduct an administrative review of the incident now that the investigation has been completed.

WINCHESTER, Va. (WDVM) — Winchester police say a man was shot and killed this morning by police after the man began shooting at them.  

Police say they responded to a report around 7 a.m. today for a man damaging a neighbor’s car with a sledgehammer at the 2400 block of Massanutten Terrace. Upon arrival, police say Eric Clark, 52, came out of his apartment with a rifle and fired several shots at them.  

Police say an officer returned fire with their patrol rifle and shot Clark. Clark was pronounced dead at the scene.  

Police say no officers were injured, but a police vehicle was severely damaged. At this time the names of the officers at the scene have not been released. 

Three officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending investigation. Winchester Police say they have asked Virginia State Police to conduct the investigation.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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