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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:17 pm

The decorated Albemarle County police officer who shot a man over the weekend in Charlottesville fired during a struggle while working a case, city police said Thursday.

An investigation of a felony hit-and-run in Albemarle led county officers William Underwood and James Herring to Birdwood Court, where Underwood shot Josue Salinas Valdez, 38, city police said.

Valdez was in stable condition Thursday at the University of Virginia Medical Center, according to city police. Details on his injuries were not disclosed. No charges have been filed.

Neither Charlottesville police spokesman Lt. Ronnie Roberts nor county police spokeswoman Carter Johnson would comment on what led to the struggle, whether Valdez was armed or how many shots were fired.

Both Underwood and Herring have been placed on paid administrative leave, Johnson said. She declined to comment on the hit-and-run case, which county police are continuing to investigate. City police are investigating the shooting.

No one answered the door Thursday at the home where the incident took place.

Johnson declined to say how long Underwood has been with the department or if he previously has fired his weapon in the line of duty.

He was among several Albemarle officers who a week ago received the Valor Award, the county police department's highest honor, for their work in the Rio Mills Road standoff Dec. 26 in northern Albemarle.

When they arrived at the Rio Mills home, the officers found two men, Frank Davis Jr., of Rochelle and James Marshall, of Albemarle County, in the midst of an argument, police said.

Davis raised a rifle and pointed it at  Officer Andrew Gluba, who fired in self defense, police said. The shot hit no one. Davis killed Marshall and then himself, police said.

State police cleared Gluba of wrongdoing.

Underwood, Gluba, Corp. Ken Richardson and Officer Jason Marden each received the valor citation for "their heroic actions on this day, putting their own personal safety at risk in an attempt to rescue and save the life of an innocent citizen," police said.

Sunday's shooting was the third time since December that area officers have fired their weapons.

In March, city police Officer Alex Bruner shot Frank D. Brown, of Albemarle County, near the Downtown Mall. Moments earlier, authorities said, Brown shot Leon T. Brock of Culpeper County.

Authorities also ruled that shooting was justified.

Staff reporters J. Reynolds Hutchins and Aaron Richardson contributed to this report.

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