Last Updated: Aug 26th, 2014 - 16:13:25


Driver shot by police
By Blake Belden, staff writer
Aug 26, 2014, 16:10

BLAKE BELDEN/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT The area near the shooting is shown here on Monday.
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — A woman was shot by a Colonial Heights police officer after she exited her vehicle with a firearm following a traffic pursuit on Sunday morning, according to authorities.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., an officer tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic infraction,  at which point the vehicle failed to stop and the officer followed in pursuit until the vehicle eventually stopped just down the street from the public library near the intersection of Yacht Basin Drive and Wildwood Avenue, according to the police.

At this time, a woman stepped out of the vehicle holding a firearm and the police officer challenged her before shooting his own firearm and striking the woman, authorities said.

On Sunday, the female driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was flown to the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in critical condition. As of press time on Monday, her condition was unknown.

The police officer was not injured during the incident.

Sgt. Rob Ruxer, of the Colonial Heights Police Department, said that the investigation has been turned over to the Virginia State Police.

“We do that in a circumstance like this because we want an unbiased, outside state agency to do the investigation so we’re not investigating our own people,” Ruxer said.

At this point, authorities have not released the names of either the officer or the female driver.  

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