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Protesters flood Winchester street after death of D’Londre Minifield

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Posted at 12:54 PM, Mar 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-01 14:37:05-05

WINCHESTER, Va. — D’Londre  Minifield’s February 28 death was being investigated, by Virginia State Police, as an apparent suicide . The 20-year-old man with ties to both Richmond and Winchester died Sunday afternoon while being pursued by Winchester Police.

“The City of Winchester Police Department received a report of a fight in progress with the possible involvement of a firearm. Officers responded to the 2200 block of Roosevelt Boulevard. Upon arriving at the scene, officers made contact with two male individuals,” a Virginia State Police spokesperson said. ” One of the individuals fled on foot and officers pursued. The individual stopped and, as officers approached, he discharged a firearm. The individual died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. No law enforcement personnel discharged a firearm during the incident.”

Some in the Winchester community were not convinced the details released by police accurately described what happened that afternoon. On Monday, a protest took place Timbrook Park in Winchester. About 100 people shouting “Justice for Dre” took part in that protest, according to WHSV.

“While the Winchester Police Department values the right to protest, we will continue to monitor the situation to ensure the safety of all of its citizens,” Winchester Police Sgt. Frank Myrtle said in a statement. “We appreciate the cooperation of our citizens and fellow law enforcement partners. We want to assure everyone we are doing everything possible to maintain the peace.”

Winchester Police Department requested Virginia State Police further investigate the shooting. Minifield’s body was taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Manassas for autopsy and examination.

Delondré Minifield (PHOTO: GoFundMe)

Delondré Minifield (PHOTO: GoFundMe)

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