Elkton man shot by trooper charged

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ELKTON — The Virginia State Police have filed charges against an Elkton man accused of attempting to wound a trooper Sunday evening.

Shaun A. Riley, 34, has been charged with attempted malicious wounding of a police officer related to an encounter at the Mount Sidney rest stop on Interstate 81, according to a Friday news release.

He was shot by a trooper and is still being treated for “serious injuries” at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

The name of the trooper involved in the shooting has not been released.

State police officials say a trooper responded Sunday to a report of a two suspicious people at the rest stop beside the interstate’s southbound lanes.

The caller said the men made alarming comments.

The trooper arrived at 9:46 p.m., the release states. As he talked to the men as he approached them in their vehicle, Riley fled on foot, crossing the interstate and running to the rest stop for the northbound lanes with the trooper in pursuit.

Stopped by a fence behind the rest area, the release states, Riley pulled a knife and moved toward the trooper before being shot.

The trooper, who was not injured, is on administrative leave with pay per state police policy.

Riley was charged with the felony on Thursday. The investigation of the incident by the VSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office continues.

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