Officer who fatally shot Va. woman identified

ALTAVISTA, Va. — Authorities have identified an Altavista police officer who fatally shot an 83-year-old woman.

The Virginia State Police tells media outlets that 36-year-old Sgt. L.P. Rigney shot Delma Towler on Sept. 19 after he and another officer responded to a 911 hang up call from her home.

Investigators have said Towler had a gun, refused to drop it and pointed it at the officers.

Family members have said Towler may have been trying to scare away a burglar.

Altavista Police Chief Clay Hamilton says Rigney remains on paid administrative leave.

A State Police investigation of the shooting is continuing.

Roanoke Commonwealth’s Attorney Don Caldwell is serving as special prosecutor for the case.

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