A suspect in a shooting incident in Henrico County who was being pursued by police on Interstate 95 died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after officers disabled the woman’s car, authorities said.
At the request of Henrico police, state troopers joined in the pursuit of a 2010 Honda Accord at 8:10 a.m. on southbound I-95 near Arthur Ashe Boulevard in Richmond, state police Sgt. Dylan Davenport said.
As the pursuit neared the Walthall exit at mile marker 58 in Chesterfield County, troopers deployed a tire deflation device in an attempt to end the pursuit. After running over the device, the driver “succumbed to a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Davenport said. No one else was inside the vehicle.
The driver, who has not been identified, was involved a short time earlier in a domestic-related shooting incident in the 4200 block of Sprenkle Lane, said Henrico police Lt. Matt Pecka.
After officers arrived about 8 a.m., they confirmed that shots were fired inside an occupied apartment after a confrontation between two women. There were no reported injuries in the incident, Pecka said.
One of the women took some personal items, including a pink-colored, four-door Honda, and left the scene, Pecka said.
The vehicle was spotted by a Henrico officer, who began following the car. A pursuit was then initiated along southbound I-95 in Henrico and soon was joined by state police.
Both the shooting and the pursuit ending in the woman’s death remain under investigation.