A sheriff’s deputy shot a Loudoun County man who brandished a sword at his family members and then threatened police Tuesday afternoon, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

The man, who police did not publicly identify, was threatening family members outside of a home in the 1100 block of Albemarle Road in Sterling when police arrived around 4 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

He then retrieved an object that he indicated was a firearm, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office said. When he refused to drop the weapon and then pointed it at the deputies, one deputy shot the man.

The man was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, and the sheriff’s office and state police were investigating the incident, according to the sheriff’s office.

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