Gunman shot dead in exchange of shots with police; body found inside home

(Danville, Va.) – A standoff in the 1000 block of Halifax Road ended early Sunday morning when a man opened fire on police and was shot and killed in the exchange of gunfire.

Officers responded to the home about 12:47 a.m. Sunday for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, police knocked at the door of 1069 Halifax Road. Shots were fired from inside the house towards the officers, who were forced to take cover and establish a perimeter around the property.

While officers attempted to negotiate with the gunman, he exited the house and shot at police. One of the officers returned fire and the man was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

When officers entered the residence, they discovered a deceased female inside.

No officers were injured during the exchange of gunfire.

Virginia State Police have been asked to investigate both the officer-assisted shooting and the homicide.
As per police policy, the officer has been placed on administrative assignment and his name will not be released for three days.