YORK COUNTY, Va. (WVEC) -- The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office said 26-year-old Damien Harrell of Newport News was killed Wednesday by a deputy after Harrell pulled a gun on the deputy.
The deputy fired six times during the incident which started during an accident investigation.
The deadly shooting closed Fort Eustis Boulevard just as the morning rush began – around 6:30 a.m. – near Richneck Road.
A 13News Now viewer sent a picture of fire units and sheriff's deputies on the scene.
She wrote, "I saw one officer comforting another officer."
York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office spokesman Lieutenant Dennis Ivey said, "The incident started as a vehicle accident investigation that ended up resulting in a confrontation with a suspect armed with a hand gun and a deputy sheriff. After the suspect produced a handgun on the deputy, the deputy shot him."
At a late morning news conference, authorities said the body cam video shows the officer firing six times.
Harrell died at the hospital.
Ivey said the investigation revealed that Harrell was wanted on multiple charges in another locality and had an extensive criminal history.
On June 1 he was scheduled to appear in Newport News Circuit Court for an incident from October 21, 2013.
Charges related to that incident included Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Brandishing a Firearm, Grand Larceny of a Firearm.
Harrell failed to appear in court June 1.
Ivey said Harrell also was wanted by Newport News Police for an incident on May 27, 2015.
Charges from that incident included Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Assault, Failure to Appear.
Harrell was under a Permanent Protective Order which prohibited him from possessing a firearm.
Other criminal history coming from Newport News:
Robbery, occuring December 14, 2004. Found guilty, July 28, 2006. Sentenced to 20 years, 19 suspended.
Robbery, occurring July 9, 2005. Found guilty, July 28, 2006. Sentenced to 10 years, 9 suspended.
Felonious Assault, occurring July 9, 2005. Found guilty, July 28, 2006 of Unlawful Wounding. Sentenced to 5 years, 4 suspended.
Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony (2 counts), occurring December 14, 2004 and July 9, 2005. Found guilty, July 28, 2006. Sentenced to 3 years on each charge.
Harrell was on active probation.
"He's not biologically my son, but I treated him as mine," said Sherry Campbell who is engaged to Harrell's father and had known Harrell for about a year-and-a-half.
"I'm not gonna say everybody is good, everybody's bad. Everybody has their days, but that part of him, I don't know anything about. All I know is what he and I dealt with, and it was always smiles, jokes and laughs, you know, that's all that I know," Campbell told 13News Now. "It's been rough. I mean, it's just tears everywhere."
She added that Harrell was a proud uncle of a niece and nephew.
13News Now stopped by his mother's home in Newport News where an aunt said the day had been especially difficult for the family because Harrell's grandmother died on the same date six years ago.
No deputies were hurt during the shooting Wednesday.
Sergeant Michelle Anaya with Virginia State Police told 13News Now that troopers assisted York-Poquoson Sheriff's deputies at the scene and with aerial support.
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