UPDATE: Man With Knife Shot, Killed By Deputy

Police Were Responding To Disturbance In Woodstock

Posted: July 21, 2012

A Shenandoah County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a 34-year-old Woodstock man Friday night after the deputy was stabbed in the neck.

Deputies and officers from the Woodstock Police Department were dispatched to 330 Shaffer St. shortly before 9 p.m. for a reported disturbance, according to a news release. A male armed with a knife and refusing commands confronted them outside.

As police tried to subdue the man, a scuffle ensued and Deputy Tom Frazier and WPD Officer Heath Painter sustained lacerations from the knife. Defending himself and Painter, Frazier then shot and killed the man, Sheriff Timothy C. Carter said.

Both Frazier and Painter, along with WPD Officer Matt Rhodes, were treated at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and released, though the sheriff said Frazier’s laceration was “extensive” and required stitches. It’s not clear how Rhodes was injured.

Media reports say the dead man is William Long but authorities have not released the man’s name or confirmed his identity.

The Virginia State Police has been called in to investigate the incident. Meanwhile, Frazier has been put on paid administrative leave, as is the common practice in a police-involved shooting.

The Daily News-Record will continue to update this story as details become available and will have a complete report in Monday’s print and online editions.

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