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Man dies after police involved shooting in Fredericksburg

Posted at 3:26 PM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 07:40:32-04

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- The man shot in a police-involved shooting in Fredericksburg Tuesday has died, Virginia State Police confirmed. The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to Mary Washington Hospital with a "serious injury" after being shot in the leg during an altercation with a police officer.

"Virginia State Police is investigating a shooting that occurred following a traffic stop and pursuit in the city shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday. The shooting involved a Fredericksburg Police Officer," Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.

Fredericksburg Police said one of their officers initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of Lafayette Boulevard and Braehead Drive just after 1 p.m. The officer identified the male driver as a wanted subject on an outstanding warrant.

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During the stop, police said the driver refused to comply with the officer’s commands and an altercation ensued. The driver took off, dragging the officer approximately 600 feet before the car crashed into a ditch just short of the intersection of Braehead Drive and Kinloch Drive.

As the altercation continued, the driver fled the vehicle on foot. The officer pursued the suspect on foot for a few hundred feet before catching up to the suspect.

Police said the suspect again refused to comply with the officer’s commands, another altercation ensued and the officer’s weapon discharged striking the suspect in the leg in the 100 block of Kinloch Drive.

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The man was taken to the hospital where he died from serious injuries shortly before 6 p.m. His remains will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for examination and autopsy.

The Fredericksburg Police Officer was checked out on the scene as a precautionary measure. The female passenger in the car was questioned by investigators.

The investigation of the incident has been turned over to Virginia State Police.

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