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Man killed in trooper-involved shooting after high-speed chase on Interstate 64

Posted at 11:25 AM, Jan 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-10 17:45:20-05

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. -- A high-speed pursuit along I-64 lead to a trooper-involved shooting that left a Charlottesville man dead in Goochland County early Saturday morning, according to Virginia State Police.

Officials said a trooper tried to pull over 18-year-old Xzavier Hill after radar tracked him going 98 mph in a 65 mph zone along I-64 west near I-295 in Henrico County around 4:35 a.m.

"When the trooper activated his emergency lights and siren, the vehicle refused to stop and sped away in excess of 120 mph," a state police spokesperson said.

Troopers said that hill, of Charlottesville, then tried to pulled onto the interstate's right shoulder and make a U-turn.

"Instead the vehicle ran off the left side of the interstate, slid down the embankment, and became stuck in the median," officials said.

As two troopers walked to the crashed vehicle, they repeatedly told Hill to "get out of the car and show his hands," according to state police officials. "The driver displayed a firearm and was subsequently shot."

Officials said troopers called for EMS crews, but that Hill died at the scene.

The two troopers, who were not injured, were placed on administrative leave, as is procedure, pending the outcome of the investigation, officials said.

The investigation into the incident remains ongoing, officials said.

The interstate closure was initially announced in a 5:30 a.m. email from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

All lanes had reopened by around 2:20 p.m., according to VDOT officials.

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