Police: Shots fired in West End; 1 suspect critically injured, other apprehended

'This is a very hectic scene,' officers said
The scene along Cox Road around 5:40 p.m. Sunday, March, 19, 2023.
Posted at 6:26 PM, Mar 19, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-19 23:55:33-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Two suspects, one of them critically injured, have been apprehended after shots were fired in Henrico's busy West End Sunday afternoon, according to authorities.

Officers were called to the 4000 block of Cox Road near Innsbrook around 4:40 p.m. for a larceny-related call, officials with Henrico Police said.

Dispatchers provided additional information while officers responded. Police said personal items were taken from a victim and that there were additional reports of a suspect with a gun.

The victims of the incident were not hurt, according to police.

"As police initially investigated and determined suspect information, a foot pursuit ensued, spanning from Cox Road to Old Sadler Road,” Lt. Matt Pecka with Henrico Police said.

It appeared that chase went down Broad Street toward Short Pump as a WTVR CBS 6 crew spotted what appeared to be evidence markers near a wood line by a funeral home less than a half mile from where the initial larceny call came in.

Officers said one the suspects fired a gun at multiple officers. Responding officers returned fire, according to police.

The female suspect was taken into custody, according to police.

Pecka said the male suspect was located a short time later and taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police said charges are pending, but that the suspects' "ages and identities are unknown at this time."

No Henrico officers were hurt, according to officials.

Each officer who fired their weapon will be placed on an administrative assignment pending the outcome of an investigation by the Officer-Involved Investigations Team, which investigates all officer-involved shootings, Pecka said.

The scene along Cox Road around 5:40 p.m. Sunday, March, 19, 2023
The scene along Cox Road around 5:40 p.m. Sunday, March, 19, 2023

Tensions were high on Broad Street as Henrico officers and state police actively searched for the pair between Cox Road and Interstate 64.

"We did close down a portion of West broad momentarily while crews were able to investigate and search the immediate area for the suspects involved," Pecka said.

Officials said around 6 p.m. that the scene remained active along Dominion Boulevard, Old Sadler Road and Sadler Road.

"This incident occurred nearby a busy intersection, and there is no information too small to help the victims and police investigate the entire incident," Pecka wrote. "We commend those community members who were in the area and have shared what they saw and heard. We further appreciate our partners with the Division of Fire and the Virginia State Police for their response and assistance."

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, according to police.

If you have information that could help police, call detectives, call Detective Seay at 804-501-7323, Henrico Police at 804-501-5000 or Crime Stoppers 804-780-1000. If you were in the area and saw something, submit an anonymous tip via All tips submitted on P3Tips or Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

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



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