DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) - The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Richmond Field Office says a trooper shot a woman in Dinwiddie after she ignored commands to drop her weapon.
Virginia State Police responded to the 10000 block of Scotts Road around 9:40 p.m. Sunday to assist the Dinwiddie Sheriff's Office with a call of a suicidal person.
When troopers and deputies arrived, they say they found a 39-year-old woman with a weapon in her hand.
"Honestly, I don't feel like Dinwiddie (sheriff) or state police would do that without enough reason to," a neighbor explained. "I think they felt like they had no other choice."
Finding out Monday, what happened the previous night was a shock to some who live in the area. While one woman said she heard gunshots, she had no idea what was happening in her neighbor's backyard.
"I didn't see lights or anything, with the growth, we can't see over into their property," she said.
"The female ignored commands to drop the weapon and pointed it at the trooper and deputies, at which time the trooper fired their weapon and struck the female subject," State Police said in a news release.
Police say a gun was recovered at the scene. The woman, whose identity has not been released, was taken to Southside Regional Hospital and then to transferred to VCU Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. No other injuries were reported.
Her neighbor said the personal struggles that may have led to to the shooting are something she can relate to.
"I've been there. I've understood, to feel that way, to be depressed," she said.
The neighbor is now left hoping one thing comes out of the situation.
"I hope she gets help. That's the best thing, for her is to get help," she explained.
The trooper has been placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues.
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