Pastor killed, Man arrested following high-speed police chase

By Andy Jenks - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond pastor killed by a driver who was trying to outrun police is being mourned tonight. Now, the suspect is behind bars, facing a list of charges.

26-year-old Darryl Harris faces charges of felony eluding police and manslaughter in connection with last night's chase and crash at 31st and P streets in Church Hill. The chase ended up killing the pastor at The United House of Prayer for All People.

44-year-old Apostle Anthony Taylor died just three blocks away from the church when the dangerous high-speed chase came tearing through the neighborhood.

This morning, all that remained from the crash were skid marks and shattered glass. Just 12 hours earlier, the devastation was clear.

Police say a truck, driven by Apostle Anthony Taylor, was hit at full-speed by a car driven by Darryl Harris. Investigators believe Harris ran a stop sign at 31st and P streets, while being chased by Henrico Police.

Taylor was the pastor at the close-knit United House of Prayer for All People. And the awfulness of his death left many people at a loss for words.

"I came, and I saw, and...(pause)...I saw a person, that was hit. (Waving) I can't describe it," said Alicia Rasin, a friend of Anthony Taylor.

Taylor's parking spot was noticeably empty, as church-goers dressed in black filed in to the church.

"He loved so many people, he loved everybody. He loved everybody," Rasin said.

While friends remained mostly quiet, having just heard the news...internet message boards filled up with comments, including questions about why a high speed chase from Henrico ended up in a residential neighborhood of Richmond.

Richmond police deflected all questions, only to have Henrico police decline to answer any questions at all. A statement revealed only that Harris attempted to elude officers at a traffic checkpoint near Interstate 64.

For now, friends of the church and Apostle Taylor mourn a life gone suddenly, and too soon.

"I'm gonna miss him. I loved him. He was a wonderful, wonderful person," Rasin said.

Henrico police were unable to immediately provide their written policy for initiating and continuing police pursuits. Our legal analyst added that police departments generally are not liable when a death occurs during a properly executed pursuit.

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