PRINCE EDWARD, VA (WWBT) - An off-duty deputy shoots and kills a man while protecting his family from an intruder late Wednesday night and now state police are investigating.
It happened at the deputy's home on Pisgah Church Road off Route 460 near Farmville.
The deputy works for the Prince Edward County Sheriff's office but he wasn't on duty at the time. We're told he was home about 10 minutes away when the intruder broke into his home.
It was almost midnight, the deputy and his family including three children was inside their home when investigators say a man broke in to the house.
State police say there was a struggle with the intruder. Then the deputy shot him.
Neighbors heard the gun shot and watched as sirens and police lights lit up Pisgah Church Road.
"It was something I've never seen before. And I've lived here for over 50 years. I've never witnessed anything like it, right here," said neighbor, Erna Dae.
The intruder has been identified as Clarence Bobby Banks - a 30-year-old man from Farmville. Investigators say Banks died at the deputy's home and the family wasn't hurt.
"Your first interest is your family and your children, you want to protect them, so I salute him, I salute him, to his family, for everybody staying together and for the neighborhood who love him and gather around him," said neighbor, Kae Van Landingham.
The investigation isn't over yet. State Police are still working on a motive and waiting for the medical examiner's to release a report.