Man killed by Virginia police had previous standoff in Utah

Man killed by Virginia police had previous standoff in Utah

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CHESTER, Va. — A man who was killed in a standoff with police in Virginia Wednesday previously had a similar armed impasse with law enforcers in Utah, authorities said.

Kenneth Perna-Rutsky, 38, was in a 2014 armed standoff in Utah that ended without bloodshed.

Both cases involved reports of a domestic situation wherein Perna-Rutsky was armed with a gun, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

On Wednesday, officers heard gunfire in Perna-Rutsku's home 20 minutes outside Richmond, Chesterfield Police Maj. Edward Carpenter said. A woman and a child fled the residence, he said.

Perna-Rutsky came outside with a long gun that he fired at officers. Police returned fire.

Perna-Rutsky went back inside. Authorities later found him dead.

In Utah in 2014, police said he had brandished a gun during a disagreement with a woman on July 28 in South Jordan.

The woman fled and called police after Perna-Rutsky put the gun to her head and threatened to shoot her, South Jordan police spokesman Sam Winkler said at the time.

Perna-Rutsky attempted suicide but the weapon failed to fire, according to Winkler.

Police could not find him when they arrived at the apartment, so they evacuated 40 neighboring units. When a SWAT team entered his apartment, he surrendered peacefully, police said.

He was convicted of attempted aggravated assault and interfering with an arrest, both misdemeanors. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail and two years probation.

Contributing: Annie Knox

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