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Person killed in shootout with Hopewell deputy, sources tell Wayne Covil

Posted at 1:21 PM, Jun 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-01 23:21:22-04

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. -- One person was killed in a shootout with a Hopewell Sheriff's Deputy during a police pursuit, sources told CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil.

The sheriff's deputy was not seriously injured, those sources indicated.

The shooting and ensuing investigation have closed traffic in the area of Temple Avenue near River Road in Prince George County, Virginia.

Virginia State Police later provided an update on the situation.

"During the course of a pursuit, that started in the City of Hopewell with a City of Hopewell Sheriff's Deputy, the suspect vehicle finally stopped near the intersection of Temple Ave. and River Rd. As City of Hopewell Police Officers and an ATF Special Agent, who was present on scene, engaged the driver, shots were fired. The driver of the vehicle died at the scene," Virginia State Police Sgt.

Jessica Shehan wrote in an email. "No law enforcement personnel were injured during the course of the pursuit. The incident remains ongoing at this time."

Witnesses who were at the scene at the time of the shooting described the experience as frightening.

"When the officer got out and asked him not to move, the guy rolled down his window and put this big gun out and the officer retreated and told us to get inside. I was being nosey until he pulled the gun," Mary Gonzalez, a witness at the scene, said.

"It was definitely terrifying. I actually left my keys in the car, slammed the door and ran," Andrea Melton, another witness, said.

Crime Insider sources told Jon Burkett that all officers involved in Wednesday's incident are on administrative leave.

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

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