Deputy who fired fatal shots, Tazed second man minutes later

YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — 10 On Your Side obtained new video of Wednesday’s fatal deputy-involved shooting in York County. It shows a deputy stunning a second man and taking him into custody.

The whole incident began around 6:30 a.m., when three York-Poquoson Sheriff’s deputies came upon the scene of a single-vehicle crash. When they investigated, they found 26-year-old Damien A. Harrell about 200 yards from the car. He refused to give the deputies his real name and then reached into his waistband and pulled out a loaded gun. That’s when a deputy fired about six shots.

The deputy who appears in the new citizen video is the same deputy who fired the fatal shots at Harrell, just minutes before. The sheriff’s office says the video doesn’t tell the whole story.

“I was driving to my mom’s house with the two kids and I saw a car in the median, and then I saw two cops cars,” Ryan Lowe said of the scene Wednesday morning.

Lowe and his two kids stopped on the side of Fort Eustis Boulevard, just after Harrell was shot. Lowe didn’t see that; he only saw the man who had been with Harrell in the vehicle that crashed.

“The second man ran down the road toward the incident,” Lowe said. “I was prepared, I was getting prepared for anything at that point. I didn’t know what that guy was gonna do.”

As the man approached the deputies, Lowe began recording on his cell phone. What you see in the video is a York-Poquoson deputy stunning the man with a Tazer. However, the video was taken from too far away to hear the interaction between the man and the deputy just before.

“It all goes down within a minute or two minutes max, from the shooting to the time the guy is running towards them,” said Lt. Dennis Ivey, with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office. “And as he’s going down there, as the guy is running to the deputy, [the deputy] tells him a minimum of ten times to get on the ground.”

The man didn’t comply and lifted up his shirt, Ivey said.

“Then the deputy goes towards this guy, who not only has his hands up and won’t get on the ground, but he pulls his shirt up,” Ivey said. “So, he’s lucky he didn’t get shot. We’re glad he didn’t get shot. We’re proud of the deputy. He did everything he was trained to do.”

And that’s similar to the way Lowe explained what he recorded to his young children.

“I told them, ‘the guys in brown are the York County sheriffs,’” Lowe said. “’They are good guys. They are here to protect us. They’re not gonna hurt us, and whatever they’re doing, they’re supposed to be doing.'”

The second man was taken to a local hospital and released from sheriff’s custody. He will not be charged with any crimes, Ivey said.

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