Ex-officer arrested after domestic-related standoff; 2 bodies found in Henrico home

Neighbors saw men diving from windows after shots fired
Phillips Wood Drive Standoff Swat Henrico
Posted at 11:13 AM, Jul 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-03 12:30:42-04

RELATED: 2 bodies found in Henrico home; man in custody after 9-hour standoff

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A 60-year-old man is behind bars after police made a gruesome discovery following a nearly nine-hour barricade situation at an eastern Henrico County home Saturday.

"An adult male has exited the residence and is in police custody," police posted on Twitter at 6:35 p.m.

Officials later said Richard C. Crowder was on the phone with police when walked out of the home and was arrested.

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

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.

Richard Crowder
Richard Crowder 

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

Crime Insider sources told Jon 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 Henrico Police spokesperson said. "No first responders have been injured."

That spokesperson said shots were fired both inside and from the home.

Neighbors told WTVR CBS 6 that they saw people they described as movers dived 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.

Police previously said they believed more than one person was inside the home.


"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 neighbors along Phillips Woods to "remain inside their residence."

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



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