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The Grayson County Sheriff's Dept. released the following information on Monday night's incident: "On April 29, at approximately 5:51 p.m., the Grayson County Sheriff's Office received information that a known fugitive by the name of Randy Lee Anders, 32, of 2264 Grassy Creek Road was seen walking on Grassy Creek Road, near Mouth of Wilson. Two on-duty deputies, along with two off-duty deputies responded to the area to search for Anders because of previous threats that Anders had allegedly made against law enforcement.
"Deputies received additional information that led them to a neighbor's house located at 2017 Grassy Creek Road. While searching the basement of the residence, Anders was located lying on the floor in the corner of a small room. 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. Deputies fired their duty weapons, striking Anders several times.
"Anders was then flown by helicopter to Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tenn. As of 2:30 a.m. today, Anders was still in critical condition. The Virginia State Police is investigating the shooting.
"Cpl. Alan Graham, along with Deputies Brad Brown, Travis Jefferson and Cody McGrady responded to the initial call.
"Officers with the Virginia State Police, Carroll County Sheriff's Office and the Ashe County (N.C.) Sheriff's Office responded to assist at the scene. The Virginia State Police, Carroll County Sheriff's Office and Cpl. Matthew Adams of the Independence Police Dept. helped cover calls in Grayson County during the incident."
MOUTH OF WILSON — A man who police say had threatened to harm officers allegedly tried to do just that on Monday night.
Police confirmed that a man shot by Grayson County deputies was Randy Lee Anders, who had previously made threats against police officers and was wanted on outstanding warrants.
Anders was reportedly shot multiple times by deputies after he “pulled a gun on them,” according to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan.
The incident occurred in the Grassy Creek Road area of Mouth of Wilson.
The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office had been searching nearly two months for Anders, a man they characterized as a potentially dangerous fugitive.
On March 7, the department issued a fugitive alert for Anders, seeking information on his whereabouts.
Grayson Chief Deputy Tim Sawyer said in March that Anders was wanted for a parole violation. The exact nature of Anders’ parole violation was not listed on court paperwork, but Sawyer said Anders was on parole in relation to his conviction on a felony charge of breaking and entering with intent to commit assault and battery.
A wanted poster issued by the sheriff’s department in March listed Anders’ last known address as 2264 Grassy Creek Road, the same area as Monday’s incident.
Sawyer said in March that the area is remote, and he worried about the safety of officers sent to arrest him — a concern that seems to have been well founded. “He has made statements threatening police. We have to take that seriously.”
Vaughan said Anders was flown to a hospital in Bristol for treatment of gunshot wounds.