FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A man shot by a Fredericksburg police officer who had been dragged about 600 feet by a fleeing vehicle has died, Virginia State Police said Tuesday.
Department spokeswoman Corinne Geller said in an email that the man died about 6 p.m. Tuesday at a hospital. Geller says the body will be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for autopsy.
Geller says the man will be identified after his relatives are notified.
The officer stopped a driver shortly after 1 p.m. after identifying him as a person wanted on an outstanding warrant, state police said in a news release. They did not provide details about the warrant.
According to police, the driver stopped but refused to comply with the officer’s orders and drove away, dragging the officer. The driver crashed into a ditch and fled on foot, with the officer in pursuit, according to authorities. Police said “an altercation ensued” and that the officer’s gun discharged, hitting the suspect in the leg.
The suspect was taken to Mary Washington Hospital with a serious injury. The officer was not injured but was checked by medics as a precaution, police added.
The names and races of the officer and the suspect were not immediately released. A woman in the car was being questioned by investigators, authorities said.
Fredericksburg Police Chief David Nye said it’s department policy to release an officer’s name within 72 hours of a shooting unless there are “extenuating circumstances.”
Fredericksburg police asked Virginia State Police to conduct a criminal investigation to determine whether any laws were broken. City police will conduct an administrative investigation to determine whether the officer adhered to department policy, Nye said.
Statistics released by the state police show this is the 86th shooting by an officer investigated by the agency since 2010, and the fourth this year. Those numbers don’t represent all police shootings because some local departments conduct their own investigations.
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