Woman shot by cop is from out of state
By Blake Belden, staff writer
Aug 29, 2014, 12:15
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The female driver who was shot multiple times by a Colonial Heights police officer on Sunday is a 43-year-old woman from South Carolina, according to the Virginia State Police.
Authorities have yet to release the identity of the woman, who remains at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, because the investigation is still ongoing. She was flown to the hospital on Sunday in critical condition, according to the Colonial Heights Police Department.
Special Agent A.S. Witt, of the Virginia State Police, executed the search warrant on Sunday evening in relation to an offense of attempted capital murder, as stated in the search warrant affidavit.
The search warrant affidavit indicates that when Virginia State Police conducted a search of the 2014 Dodge Avenger, registered to a man from Warrenville, South Carolina, they found two .380-caliber cartridges, prescription medication and a Samsung cellular phone.
At approximately 11:30 on Sunday morning, the woman driving the silver Avenger sped through the 400 block of Ellerslie Avenue at 60 miles per hour, 25 miles per hour over the speed limit, at which point a Colonial Heights police officer activated his siren in an attempt to pull the vehicle over, according to an affidavit from a Virginia State Police officer investigating the case.
The drive did not stop for the police officer, but continued to speed east bound down Ellerslie, driving through a red light at the intersection with Conduit Road and proceeding onto Yacht Basin Drive. The pursuit lasted for nearly 1.5 miles before the suspect pulled into a driveway at the corner of Yacht Basin Drive and Wildwood Avenue and finally stopped at the back of the residence.
The police officer stopped his vehicle roughly 20 feet behind the Dodge and told the suspect several times to present her hands, an order she disregarded. After a minute, the woman opened the driver’s door of her car and “raised a black semi-automatic handgun directly towards the officer,” inciting the officer to fire his weapon and “striking the female suspect several times,” according to the affidavit.
She was the only occupant of the vehicle.
For investigations that involve police officers from Colonial Heights, the police department turns them over to the Virginia State Police in an effort to receive an unbiased treatment from an outside state agency, according to authorities.
The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s “Police Shooting Investigative Team” from the Richmond Field Office is conducting the investigation.
Once state authorities complete their investigation into the shooting, the findings will be turned over to the commonwealth’s attorney for final review and adjudication.