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October 16, 2003
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Va. Trooper's Shooting Death Investigated

By JUSTIN BERGMAN, The Associated Press

DAWN, Va. (AP) -- A state police officer died Thursday after he was found shot in his home, investigators said.

State Police 1st Sgt. Taylor V. Blanton, who directed the Computer Evidence Recovery Unit of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, was found sometime after 6 a.m., said Col. Steve Flaherty, State Police superintendent.

After Blanton was found, he was transported to the VCU Medical Center in Richmond, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators released no details on how many times Blanton was shot or who found his body.

On the circumstances surrounding the death, "anything is possible at this point," said Sgt. David Chewning, a spokesman for the state police.

Hours after Blanton was found, police were still searching by air and foot the area around his home in rural Caroline County. Police with dogs also worked the scene.

Blanton was a 23-year veteran of the force. He was married and had two children.

Chewning said he and Blanton were shift partners in 1987.

"It's tough for me ... I've known his family for years," Chewining said. "I'm trying to be as professional as I can without breaking down. He was a good friend of mine."

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