UPDATE: Man dies after officer-involved shooting in Bassett

HENRY COUNTY, Va. - UPDATE (12/6/17 3:15 p.m.): Virginia State Police have released the identity of the suspect involved in the deadly officer-involved shooting in Henry County.

Troopers have identified the suspect who died as 24-year-old Johnnie D. Carter.

State police are still investigating this incident.

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Virginia State Police are investigating an officer involved shooting in Henry County. 

It happened early Tuesday morning in the Bassett community.  

At about 4 a.m., the Henry County Sheriff's Office got a 911 call about a man trying to force his way into a home in the 3300 block of Philpott Drive. When he wasn't able to get in, he started firing a gun outside of the home.  

When deputies got to the scene, the man started shooting at their cars.  One of the deputies returned fire and the man was hit.  

He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.  

No other residents or deputies were hurt during the incident. 

State Police are working to confirm the identity of the man. 

Here is the press release: 

SALEM, Va. – At the request of Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry, the Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal, officer-involved shooting that occurred early Tuesday morning (Dec. 5, 2017) in the community of Bassett.

The incident began around 4 a.m. Tuesday when the Henry County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a male subject trying to force his way into a residence in the 3300 block of Philpott Drive.  When the male subject was unable to make entry, he began firing a handgun outside the residence.

As soon as the Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies pulled up to the scene, the male suspect began firing at their vehicles.  One of the sheriff’s deputies returned fire and the male suspect was wounded.

The male subject was transported to Sovah Health in Martinsville, where he succumbed to his injuries.

No residents or sheriff’s deputies were injured during the incident.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Division is at the scene conducting its investigation into the incident. State police are also in the process of confirming the identity of the male subject and will then notify his next of kin. 


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