DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) - A Dinwiddie man is dead after law enforcement officers try to serve an early morning search warrant.
Just after 6 a.m. this morning Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents and Virginia State Police attempted to execute a federally sealed search warrant at a home in the 10000 block of Halifax Road in Dinwiddie County.
What happened next was not part of the script. State police say the man inside the house was shot by law enforcement officials and taken to VCU Medical Center where he later died. He has been identified as James Marcus Hicks Jr.
"When I came out of course, it looked like, I've never seen this many police cars down here before," said James Peterson, who lives in the neighborhood.
Eleven-plus hours later, investigators remained on the scene. It was still unclear exactly who shot the man, or what caused the shooting. There was little information a state police spokesperson could release.
"I cannot go into what that search warrant was for," said Sgt. Thomas Molnar of the Virginia State Police.
Police would not say how or why it happened. We do know the State Police Tactical Team was involved, so this was no ordinary operation.
"The Tac team is a specially trained unit that can assist in high risk situations," said Sgt. Thomas Molnar.
They say one other person was home at the time and it is unclear what happened to that person.