For the second time in as many weeks, a Rockingham County man is dead as a result of an officer-involved shooting.
The reported incident happened around 9:15 p.m. on Sunday outside a home in the 19000 block of Mechanicsville Road in Rockingham, according to a news release Monday from Virginia State Police Spokesman Sgt. Brent Coffey.
The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office and Timberville Town Police Department responded to the scene, near the town of Timberville, for reports of a subject firing a gun and then attempting to enter a residence.
When officers arrived, they found Johnny W. Dellinger Jr., 41, of Rockingham, outside of the home.
The man walked around an outbuilding and allegedly began advancing on the officer and deputy in a threatening manner, according to Coffey. Dellinger reportedly refused to comply with officers’ commands to stop and was shot.
The officers attempted life-saving measures, but Dellinger died at the scene. His remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy.
A weapon was recovered at the scene, according to Coffey, declining to elaborate further. There were no other injuries.
At the request of the Rockingham Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Culpeper Field Office responded to the scene to investigate. Upon completion of the investigation, the files will be turned over to Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Garst for final adjudication.
On June 27, an officer with the Timberville Police Department shot and killed a man inside in his home after authorities say he assaulted the officer with a sword. Garst will also process evidence in this case in issuing a formal judgment in the officer-involved shooting.