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Louisa shootout leaves 3 dead
Three killed, four wounded in shootout in Louisa County


Date published: 8/23/2010

BY PORTSIA SMITH

Three people are dead and four are injured after a shootout that involved two Louisa County deputies.

According to Sgt. Thomas Molnar of the Virginia State Police, the Louisa County Sheriff's Office received a call about a shooting on Twigg Road about 5 p.m. yesterday.

When two deputies arrived, they became involved in a shootout with a suspect, Molnar said.

The suspect was shot and killed. The deputies were unharmed, Molnar said.

Four other people were injured and transported to University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Molnar said. One of the four was taken by helicopter with serious life-threatening injuries, he said.

The identities of the victims have not been released, and a motive for the shooting is under investigation, Molnar said.

Various reports yesterday evening said the suspect apparently opened fire after a dispute over property.

One report said that when deputies arrived, the suspect was standing with his pit bull. He ordered the dog to attack the deputies, the report said, and officers killed the animal.

Another report said some of the victims were bystanders, not involved in the original dispute, and at least one of the wounded victims was a woman.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419
Email: psmith@fredericksburg.com