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Grayson County fugitive shooting witness, sheriff talk

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GRAYSON COUNTY, VA -

Bullet holes are etched into the basement stairs and living room walls at a home on Grassy Creek Road in Mouth of Wilson, Grayson County.  It is where sheriff's deputies say they exchanged gunfire with wanted fugitive Randy Anders.

Anders' neighbor, Brian Spencer, watched as officers searched his home.

"He had not been here ten minutes and the law showed up and just pretty much took over and did what they did," said Spencer.

According to Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Anders, 32, had been threatening to harm his deputies for months before they met the fugitive face to face Monday night.

"The residence being dark can be a tactical advantage, you know using your flashlight tactically turning it on and off and there was no power there, but luckily with a flashlight they was able to observe him," said Vaughan.

Anders, said Vaughan, was hiding out in a small closet when his deputies came down to the basement. He says that is when the 32-year-old showed them a gun.

Vaughan says it is unclear whether Anders actually fired his weapon and is hoping an investigation by Virginia State Police will provide some clarity.

"When they gave him commands to show his hands and to get up, he didn't obey their commands. He got up with the firearm and advanced toward them," said Vaughan.

Both deputies who fired their weapons have been reassigned pending the outcome of an investigation. Neither were hurt during the arrest.

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