Search warrant: Man shot by deputy had a bladed object

WINCHESTER — Authorities are weeks away from completing an investigation into a law enforcement involved shooting death Friday in Frederick County, a spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police said Wednesday.

“We treat these like any investigation, and they take several weeks to be completed,” Corrine Geller said of the investigation into the death of Christopher A. Prevatt, 38, of Winchester.

Prevatt died after a Frederick County deputy shot him fatally at 123 Gregory Place, state police said. The deputy, who has not been identified, was sent to the residence earlier Friday evening to investigate a domestic conflict.

A search warrant document states that a female living at 123 Gregory Place called 911 to report threats she had received from Prevatt. She also complained of his refusal to leave the premises, his intoxication, and his posting of what the document described as a “compromising/pornographic video of the female.”

Prevatt died at the scene, and the Sheriff’s Office called upon the state police to investigate the incident, a normal procedure after a local law enforcement official is involved in a fatal shooting.

The search warrant filed in Frederick County Circuit Court lists attempted capital murder of a police officer and domestic assault and battery as the two offenses related to the investigation.

Special Agent John A. Defilippi of the state police wrote that the deputy involved in the shooting entered the residence and found Prevatt “in possession of a double edged letter opener, which had a bladed area.”

The affidavit reports Prevatt, who was first seen on a couch, stood up “with the bladed objects in both hands” and moved toward the deputy.

“Prevatt is pushed back once and then approaches again,” the affidavit states. “At this point, he is observed to lunge and raise his hand with the bladed object with the deputy firing multiple shots. Prevatt subsequently died as a result of the shooting.”

The affidavit also states that a body camera worn by the deputy provided a videotape of the incident after the deputy’s arrival at the residence.

The search warrant inventory lists four cartridge cases, bullet fragments, two letter openers or knives and three cell phones among items seized at the residence.

Geller said the investigation requires the gathering of evidence that must be sent to the state crime laboratory for analysis, a process that takes several weeks.

“Once the investigation is complete, the state police turn it over to the commonwealth’s attorney and they will make a determination if any criminal violation occurred,” Geller said.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or

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