Virginia State Police shut down sections of Interstate 81 on Sunday afternoon after a man shot and killed himself on the side of the highway.

Corinne Geller, public relations director for VSP, said on Monday the incident happened at about 3:41 p.m. Sunday during a routine crash investigation at the 294-mile marker heading north.

State police responded to a two-vehicle crash that did not involve any injuries, only damage to the vehicles, Geller said.

“It was a minor case,” Geller said. “No one was injured.”

While the trooper was investigating the crash, one of the men involved walked back to his car, took a firearm out of the car and shot himself, Geller said.

State police were still notifying the man’s next of kin on Monday and did not release his name. The man is from Georgia and does not have any outstanding warrants, Geller said.

Geller said the incident came as a surprise to the trooper, who was not having any kind of difficulties or problems with the man.

State police proceeded to shut down parts of I-81 to investigate the matter fully because there were shots fired.

No one else was injured or threatened during the incident.

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