SHPD Officer shoots armed suspect at Walmart


The deceased male found at the scene was Steven Matze, 44, of Saxe, VA. 

An anonymous tip was called in about a wanted subject being seen in the parking lot of Walmart. 

The SHPD officer located the subject in the driver's seat of a Ford F150 pickup truck parked int he side parking lot. As the officer approached the vehicle shots were fired from within the pickup. The officer returned fire on the subject. 

A handgun was recovered at the scene. 

Matze's remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for autopsy. 

South Hill Police Chief, Stuart Bowen has requested that the Virginia State Police take over the investigation. 

SOUTH HILL- The Virginia State Police reported that a South Hill Police Officer shot and killed an armed man at Walmart Thursday evening. 

The incident occurred at around 6:50 p.m.

The officer encountered the armed individual in the parking lot while looking for a wanted subject. Shots were fired and the individual was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer was not injured.

This is an ongoing investigation at this time. We will update the story as new details emerge.