Man, police K-9 die in officer-involved shooting in Sussex County
A man and a police K-9 have died in an officer-involved shooting in Sussex County, Virginia Wednesday.
According to Virginia State Police, a trooper was driving on Interstate 95 in Sussex County at around 8:18 a.m. Wednesday when he spotted a vehicle that looked like a stolen vehicle that had been reported out of Connecticut. When the trooper tried to initiate a traffic stop, the driver refused to stop and sped away from the trooper.
The trooper followed the vehicle north on Interstate 95 and during this time, a person inside the vehicle began shooting at the trooper's vehicle. The person continued to shoot as the vehicle took Exit 24 in Sussex County.
Virginia State Police say they positioned themselves to stop the vehicle near Loco School and Bell Road when the person inside the vehicle continued to shoot at the police vehicles. During this time, a bullet hit a police K-9 that was riding in the back seat compartment of a police vehicle. The state police K-9 did not survive, police said.
Once police were able to stop the vehicle, troopers with Virginia State Police engaged with a man inside the vehicle and shots were fired. According to Virginia State Police, the man died at the scene. A woman inside the stolen vehicle was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Police say the man's body will be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for examination and autopsy.
No Virginia State Police troopers were injured during this incident. Per policy regarding officer-involved shootings, three troopers involved in this incident have been placed on administrative leave, police said.
Police will continue their investigation into this incident.