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Body found inside Henrico taxi cab

Posted at 9:10 AM, Jan 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-13 18:19:21-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Police are investigating a death on Trafton Street, off East Laburnum Avenue, in eastern Henrico Friday morning.

"Henrico Police received a call for service about a traffic crash," a Henrico Police spokesman said. "Once on scene, officers located a male deceased in a vehicle. Detectives are on scene and this is early in the investigation."

Law enforcement sources told CBS 6 Crime Insider Jon Burkett, it appeared the victim, a taxi cab driver,  was shot in the head.

Donna Clay said she walked to her car to go to work and discovered the taxicab crashed into her husband's truck.

She said the driver appeared to be asleep.

"He wasn't slumped over, but he was just laying back," said Clay. "I looked in the vehicle and noticed there was a pack of cigarettes and a cigarette lighter. The driver was just laid-back and he appeared to not to be responsive."

Police were called to the crash scene at about 7:06 a.m.

Detectives towed the Napoleon Taxi cab about three hours later after collecting evidence.

Napoleon taxi confirmed the driver usually works overnights and is a veteran cabbie. Police are in the early stages of their investigation and have asked anyone in the North Henrico neighborhood if they saw or heard anything suspicious to call them.

The cab company vows to do their part.

"We are doing everything we can to help police in this matter and give them all of the information through technology that we provide to make it a swift resolution."

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