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Name released of suspect shot by police after Virginia chase

Virginia State Police (FILE)
Virginia State Police (FILE)(WVIR)
Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 11:02 PM EDT
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AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - Virginia State Police will turn the findings of their investigation into an officer-involved shooting over to the commonwealth’s attorney’s office for review, once that investigation is done.

The incident started as a police chase that ended with a suspect dead.

It began about 5:39 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, when state police were asked by the Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office for help catching Kendall A. Jamerson, 35, of Dillwyn. The sheriff’s told state police Jamerson was a violent felon wanted on ten felony warrants, three misdemeanor charges and a protective order by the county. The sheriff’s office said Jamerson should be considered armed and dangerous, and to be approached with caution.

State troopers found Jamerson and a female passenger in a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV in a parking lot in the 2700 block of West Main Street in Waynesboro. As the troopers pulled into the parking lot, police say, Jamerson began to drive away and hit one of the troopers’ vehicles.

That led to a chase along Route 250 through Waynesboro into Augusta County. Police say Jamerson then went south on the Blue Ridge Parkway and onto Pedlar River Road, where he jumped from his moving SUV, which continued off the road and stopped in a ditch.

Troopers approached Jamerson, whom police say was armed with a handgun, and fired their guns at him during the encounter. Jamerson died at the scene after paramedics were called and troopers administered CPR.

Police found two loaded .22-caliber handguns at the scene.

His body was taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy.

The passenger was not hurt during the shooting, but she was taken to a hospital for what police say was treatment of injuries sustained from having been assaulted earlier by Jamerson.

No state police were injured during the course of the shooting. In accordance with state police policy, the troopers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending the criminal investigation and an internal administrative investigation.

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