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INDEPENDENCE — A 32-year-old Grayson County man who was wounded April 29 in a shooting involving Grayson County Sheriff’s deputies faces several charges after his release from Bristol Medical Center on May 30.
Randy Lee Anders was shot four times after he was found hiding in the basement of a home owned by his neighbor, Richard Spencer.
Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the Virginia State Police conducted an investigation of the shooting and charged Anders with two felony counts of assault on a police officer, two counts of obstruction of justice and two counts of brandishing a firearm.
He is being held in the Sullivan County, Tenn., jail pending extradition back to Virginia.
Vaughan said deputies had been searching for Anders since early March for parole violation. He also allegedly made threats against police officers.
The sheriff’s office received a call on April 29 reporting that Anders was walking on Grassy Creek Road in the Mouth of Wilson area. He lives at 2264 Grassy Creek Road.
Two deputies were dispatched to search for Anders. They were joined by a pair of off-duty deputies.
Vaughan said deputies received information that Anders was hiding in the Spencer residence.
“While deputies were searching the residence,” Vaughan said. “Anders was found lying on the floor in the corner of a small room in the basement.
“Anders was given commands by the deputies, but he did not comply. Anders got to his feet and advanced toward the deputies with a handgun pointed toward them,” Vaughan said. “Deputies fired their duty weapons, hitting Anders. He was hit four times, according to rescue personnel — one time in the abdomen, hand, shoulder and other area.”
Officers who responded to the call included Cpl. Alan Graham and deputies Brad Brown, Travis Jefferson and Cody McGrady.
Vaughan did not reveal the deputies who shot Anders. After a brief leave after the shooting, all the deputies involved are back on active duty.
At Vaughan’s request, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s (BCI) from the Wytheville Field Office is investigating the shooting and filed the charges.