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State police justified in I-64 shooting that killed Xzavier Hill, grand jury finds

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Posted at 8:14 PM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 23:46:36-05

WARNING: The video and report contain graphic content. Viewer discretion is advised.

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. -- A little over two months following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Xzavier D. Hill, a multi-jurisdictional grand jury decided unanimously that the actions of the Virginia State Police troopers involved were justified.

"The actions of the officers were justified in the exercise of deadly force and criminal charges against the two Virginia State Police Troopers involved are not warranted," Goochland Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Caudwill said in a statement released late Friday evening.

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Interstate 64 fatal trooper-involved shooting.

The shooting occurred early the morning on Jan. 9 when authorities say Xzavier D. Hill of Charlottesville was shot and killed after a high-speed chase that led to a crash on Interstate 64.

State Police previously said a trooper attempted a traffic stop, but Hill refused, sped away and became stuck in a median.

Officials said that when two troopers approached Hill’s car and repeatedly told him to exit and show his hands, Hill displayed a firearm and was shot.

The grand jury's report states that Hill tried to use a handgun, which was reported stolen between Jan. 7 and Jan. 10, against the troopers.

The report revealed that troopers fired four shots. Hill was struck by three of those bullets and died as a result of a gunshot wound to the neck, according to an autopsy.

"Hill initiated and continued to engage in an escalating course of dangerous conduct resulting in a violent confrontation with law-enforcement," reads the grand jury's conclusion. "Hill's failure to comply with the commands of the Troopers and then introduce a firearm into a rapidly evolving event provided a reasonable basis for the officers to believe they were in imminent danger of serious bodily harm."

As a result, the grand jury found the troopers "reasonable, justified and supported by the facts and circumstances" and said there was "no probable cause to believe the Troopers committed any criminal offense" in shooting Hill.

Following the shooting, family and community members protested, asking for the trooper's dashcam footage to be released.

As a result of the family's request and the conclusion of the criminal investigation, authorities released that video Friday.

This footage, which was played for the grand jury, can be found here along with the grand jury's full report.

WARNING: The video and report contain graphic content. Viewer discretion is advised.

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