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Va. deputy sheriff killed while transporting juvenile

Officer Down: James E. Weaver - [Dinwiddie, Virginia]

Biographical Details

Age: 59

Additional Info: Lieutenant Weaver had served with the Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office for 16 years.

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Lt. Weaver was shot and killed with his own service weapon during a struggle with a juvenile prisoner.

Date of Incident: June 27, 2005

Suspect Info: The 15-year-old boy fled to a nearby apartment and later turned himself in.

The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. A Dinwiddie County sheriff's deputy is dead after officials say a 15-year-old he was transporting from a court appearance shot him multiple times with his own gun.

Police say 59-year-old Lieutenant James Weaver died yesterday at V-C-U Medical Center.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the incident happened around 1:30 p-m near Crater Road and Interstate 95 in Petersburg. Police tell the newspaper that Weaver was returning the teen to the Crater Juvenile Detention Center from a court appearance.

But during the ride, the two somehow began struggling. The teen suffered one gunshot wound before grabbing Weaver's gun and shooting the officer an undetermined number of times.

Police say the teen fled on foot into a nearby apartment but came out 90 minutes later after his father called and talked him into surrendering.

He faces a capital-murder charge and other charges.


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