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Virginia officer fatally shot during traffic stop in Stanley

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Posted at 8:34 AM, Feb 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-27 10:16:26-05

STANLEY, Va. -- Authorities say a police officer in Virginia has been shot and killed by a driver during a traffic stop.

Stanley police say 48-year-old officer Dominic Winum was fatally shot in the town Friday afternoon.

News outlets report 29-year-old Dakota Richards shot Winum before the officer could get out of his patrol vehicle.

Virginia State Police say Richards ran away but was later found hiding in a barn. Richards reportedly made a “threatening movement” and was shot and killed by officers. It's unclear what led up to the traffic stop.

Winum had been with Stanley police since 2016. Before that, he was a Virginia state trooper.