HARRISONBURG, Virginia–On Sunday night, the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police evacuated the Walmart on Burgess Road in response to an altercation that resulted in a shooting involving a sheriff’s deputy.
The deputy who discharged their weapon has been placed on administrative leave, following the standard protocol of the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident began when the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Emergency Center received a call at around 8:00 PM reporting a man threatening employees with a knife.
Upon the arrival of law enforcement at the scene, 35-year-old Brandon Mills allegedly charged at the officers, prompting the deputy to fire their firearm in response.
Mills was taken to Sentara RMH where he died from his injuries. No other citizens or law enforcement officers were injured in the incident.
Members of the community are still shocked about what happened but the store reopening after authorities cleared the scene was a management decision.
Responding agencies confirm the investigation at hand went from Harrisonburg police to Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office then requested assistance from Virginia State Police.
Virginia State Police will complete its investigation and turn the investigative file over to the Commonwealth’s Attorney for further review.