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Non-compliant man shot by Montgomery County deputy for attacking woman now faces multiple charges, police say

A Floyd County man faces multiple charges after he held a woman at knife-point, attacked her, and was then shot by a deputy, according to Virginia State Police.

Rusty Sutphin, 38, of Willis, is being held at Montgomery County Jail on charges of abduction, aggravated malicious wounding and attempted fisrt-degree murder in connection with the August 7 incident.

On that day, shortly before 11 p.m., authorities responded to a Christiansburg home for a reported domestic disturbance.

They responded to find Sutphin holding a woman at knifepoint inside the home, according to police.

Both a Christiansburg police officer and Montgomery County deputy worked to negotiate with Sutphin to surrender his knife and safely release the 41-year-old woman; however, police said that he refused to cooperate and when he began attacking the woman, a deputy shot Sutphin.

Sutphin was then flown to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of serious injuries sustained in the shooting.

Police said that the woman was taken to LewisGale Montgomery Hospital to be treated for serious injuries after being cut by Sutphin.

After Sutphin was released from the hospital, with the assistance of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, he was taken into custody Wednesday night, August 18, at his residence in Willis.

At the request of the Town of Christiansburg Police Chief, state police responded to the scene and is conducting the investigation into both the domestic assault of the woman and the officer-involved shooting.

Below is the video from our story on the original incident:


Source: WSLS News 10

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