Officials: Virginia Beach cop shoots, kills knife-wielding man

VIRGINIA BEACH — A man was killed after being shot by a police officer following an hours-long incident here Saturday.

Police were called to a “domestic” in the 5700 block of Paiute Road just after 11 a.m.

There, police found a man, later identified as Jeffrey D. Tyree, 57, “holding a large knife attempting to harm himself,” police said in a news release.

Officers negotiated with the man – who was not identified. After several hours the man put down the knife.

As officers approached the man, he again picked up the knife “and approached one officer in a threatening manner,” police said.

Another officer saw the “immediate threat” and fired a shot, hitting the man.

He was taken to a hospital where later died.

No officers were injured.

Investigations are under way by the Virginia Beach Internal Affairs office, the Homicide Unit, and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, authorities said.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.