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Ex-officer arrested after 9-hour standoff; 2 bodies found in Henrico home

Phillips Wood Drive Standoff Swat Henrico
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Posted at 8:00 PM, Jul 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-03 20:10:17-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- The bodies of two women were found inside the home where a barricade situation took place over nearly nine hours Saturday in an eastern Henrico neighborhood.

Officials said 60-year-old Richard C. Crowder was taken into custody just before 6:25 p.m. when he walked out of the home while still on the phone with police.

When officers then entered the home, they discovered the bodies of the two women, officials said.

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Richard Crowder
Richard Crowder 

Crowder was charged with two counts of second-degree murder, three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and one count of malicious shooting.

Crowder is a former Henrico police officer, Crime Insider sources told Jon Burkett.

He is being held without bond at the Henrico County Jail, according to police.

Police previously said they believed the standoff was domestic-related.

"The Henrico County Police Criminal Investigations team is on scene and will take over the investigation of this double homicide going into the evening hours," a Henrico Police spokesperson said.

Police were called to the 7600 block of Phillips Wood Drive for reports of a shooting around 9:30 a.m.

Crime Insider sources told Burkett that someone in the house fired at officers arriving on the scene and that those officers had to take cover.

"The responding officers secured the area and waited for additional resources," a police spokesperson said. "No first responders have been injured."

That spokesperson, who said shots were fired both inside and from the home, said police believed more than one person was inside the home.

Neighbors told WTVR CBS 6 that they saw people they described as movers dive from the windows after they heard shots fired from within the home.

Police later said those two people were not injured.

"Police have spoken to the individuals and are working on learning more about what transpired this morning," officers said.

Phillips Wood Drive Standoff Swat Henrico

"It's still a very active situation," reporter Maggi Marshall said in a report on Facebook around 11:45 a.m.

As of 3:30 p.m., first responders from Henrico Police, Henrico Fire, Hanover County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police and the Metro-Richmond Flying Squad remained on the scene.

Officials previously said negotiators were working to make contact with the suspect.

"The safety of our first responders and area neighbors is paramount, and police will continue our negotiation efforts," officials wrote.

Earlier officers asked residents along Phillips Woods to "remain inside their residence."

Police thanked neighbors for their "hospitality and understanding" as the various law enforcement agencies worked together.

"Henrico Police works closely with all parties involved to include the family in the preliminary stages of these tragic scenes," officials said. "Additional details will be forthcoming as they become available."

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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