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Tidewater man killed after he was shot by Henrico County officer following car crash

Tidewater man killed after he was shot by Henrico County officer following car crash

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1-64 crash/officer-involved shooting

Henrico County police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 on Saturday, Nov. 6. During an encounter with the driver of the crashed car, a responding officer shot the driver, who later died.

A Tidewater man who was killed Saturday after he was shot by a Henrico County police officer following a car crash on Interstate 64 has been identified.

Tony Elliott Singleton, 53, was driving along I-64, east of Interstate 295 in eastern Henrico around 6:30 p.m. when the car he was driving crashed and flipped several times, according to police.

An officer responded, and during an encounter with Singleton, shot him. Police did not say where the gunshot struck Singleton.

Singleton and a passenger in the vehicle were taken to a hospital. Singleton died, police said, but it was unclear whether his fatal injuries were from the crash or the shooting.

The state medical examiner’s office will be determining the cause of death, Henrico police Lt. Matt Pecka said in response to a reporter’s questions. The passenger received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries resulting from the crash, police said.

In the three days since the shooting, the police division has offered very few details of the incident including the reason for the crash; the identity of the officer who shot Singleton; whether Singleton had a weapon; or what threat he posed to the officer.

Police said the officer was not hurt and is on an administrative assignment, pending an investigation. The officer was wearing a body camera and footage is being reviewed, police said. Police did not respond to requests from a reporter to view the footage.

Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor said her office was working closely with police, but couldn’t provide any additional information on Tuesday.

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