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Culpeper man fatally shot by deputy on Thanksgiving
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Culpeper man fatally shot by deputy on Thanksgiving

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A local man that authorities say was armed with multiple guns was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day by a Culpeper County sheriff’s deputy.

The Virginia State Police are investigating the officer-involved shooting, which occurred on Nov. 26 outside a residence in the 13000 block of Brock Lane, off Eggbornsville Road just west of Catalpa.

The Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call around 2:09 p.m. Thursday at that location for a domestic incident involving an armed man, according to a statement late Thursday from Sgt. Brent Coffey, a Virginia State Police spokesman.

When law enforcement arrived on scene, the man was sitting on the porch armed with a firearm, Coffey said.

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Officials on the scene attempted to negotiate with him for around 30 minutes in an effort to deescalate the situation.

During that time, the man entered and exited the house multiple times and produced additional firearms, Coffey said.

Still armed with a firearm, the man advanced in the direction of law enforcement personnel.

A deputy fired and the man was struck. He was transported to Culpeper UVA Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, and later died.

State Police identified the man as Ellis A. Frye Jr., 62, of Culpeper. His remains will be transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner for examination and autopsy.

No law enforcement officers or other people were injured during the incident. The investigation remains ongoing.

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