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Man killed in police shooting in Woodstock

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Woodstock Town Manager Larry Bradford and District 4 Supervisor Sharon Baroncelli stand behind police tape placed at the end of Shaffer Street late Friday night. Sally Voth/Daily (Buy photo)

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Emergency vehicles clog Shaffer Street in Woodstock Friday night following a fatal law-enforcement shooting. Sally Voth/Daily (Buy photo)


By Sally Voth - svoth@nvdaily.com

A Shenandoah County Sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man after a disturbance at a Woodstock home Friday night -- the first shooting for the agency in more than 15 years, according to Sheriff Timothy C. Carter.

He said two police officers were slashed with a knife during the confrontation.

Carter didn't identify the man killed on the front porch at 330 Shaffer St., but a crying woman who drove up to state troopers near the scene at about 11:20 p.m. said, "I'm William Long's wife," and said he was the man who'd been shot.

Carter said Deputy Tom Frazier assisted Woodstock police in responding to a disturbance at the home shortly before 9 p.m.

"There was a male subject on the front porch that was causing the disturbance," he said. "They tried to subdue him, and a scuffle ensued."

Frazier was cut in the neck and arm, and the laceration to his neck was thought to be "pretty extensive," Carter said. He said Frazier was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Woodstock police officer Heath Painter was cut on the arm, Carter said. According to a release from the sheriff's office, another town officer, Matt Rhodes, was also injured.

Frazier shot and killed the man, the sheriff said, and he would only confirm the man was 34. Carter said he and Woodstock Police Chief Eric Reiley have asked the state police to investigate the incident.

State police spokesman Sgt. F.L. "Les" Tyler, identified the man shot as William Henry Long, 34, of Woodstock.

Yellow crime-scene tape blocked Shaffer Street at its intersection with West Spring Street late Friday night. Numerous police vehicles, as well as crime-scene vehicles, were parked along Shaffer Street.

Various neighbors said there were children who had been camping out in a tent that could be seen in the home's side yard. Relatives came to collect some of the children throughout the evening.

About an hour after the shooting, a young woman standing in front of a car on West Spring Street could be heard sobbing into a cell phone, "He's dead. He's dead."

Angela Russell lives on West Spring Street several houses south of the corner with Shaffer Street. She described what she witnessed.

"I heard shouting," Russell said, adding she then heard police sirens.

"[Another neighbor] and I came up here [to the corner], and we were standing right here and we heard [officers] Tase him twice, and we heard him say he was going to mess somebody up, and that's when we heard the two gunshots," she said. "That's when [the neighbor] and I screamed and took off across the street. It's so weird because those folks are so quiet. You never hear anything out of them."

Russell, who has lived on West Spring Street for 13 years, said a couple and two or three children lived at the house, and more children were in the yard.

"The kids have a tent out up there," she said. "They were having a sleepover. I didn't see him fall. I heard those Tasers. I heard those [gunshots]. It stunned me."

People sometimes make fun of police officers, Russell said, but, "tonight, I think they were tested."


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