Culpeper County police say driver shot, killed by officers 'presented a deadly threat'

- A man was shot and killed by deputies with the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office after they said he "presented a deadly threat" Monday evening.

Virginia State Police said deputies received a call at about 10 p.m. for a domestic assault. The suspect, identified as 43-year-old Eric Wesley Clark, left the scene in a vehicle, authorities stated.

Deputies located Clark's vehicle at about 11 p.m. and attempted to pull him over, but they said he took off instead.

The chase came to an end near the intersection of Route 522 and Griffinsburg Road, which is where officials said Clark was shot and killed. Investigators said Clark's shotgun was recovered from the scene.

In a Facebook post, the sheriff's office wrote, "The driver of the vehicle presented a deadly threat to the deputies and they responded by shooting and killing the driver."

"I'm so grateful that our deputies are safe," Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins said in the Facebook post. "I'm deeply saddened by what they were forced to do and pray for comfort for everyone affected by this incident."

Authorities say the deputies were on modified duty until the investigation is completed and that their names wouldn't be released at this time. State police are investigating the circumstances of the fatal shooting.

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