Police Kill Man at National Park Entrance

March 9, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

A man was killed Sunday (March 8) at the entrance to Shenandoah National Park near Port Royal, Va., after he drew a weapon and fired at authorities, a Virginia State Police official said.
At 11 a.m., the National Parks Service asked the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and state police to stop a vehicle. When authorities pulled the vehicle over at Skyline Drive and U.S. 340, the driver of the vehicle drew a weapon and began to fire, State Police Sgt. F.L. Tyler said.
Authorities returned fire and killed the driver, Tyler said.
Tyler would not identify the driver or a passenger in the car, who received only minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital, according to the Northern Virginia Daily, Strasburg, Va.
It was unclear Sunday afternoon which law enforcement agency fired the shot that killed the man, why the parks service asked authorities to stop the car or if anyone else was hurt.
Eight hours after the shooting, nearly two dozen police cars blocked entrance to the park, and authorities were still working the scene past nightfall. State troopers were directing tourists to Luray, Va., for access to Skyline Drive.
The incident is under investigation by Virginia State Police, the National Parks Service and the FBI.


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