RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond police say they were tracking the man who killed a woman this morning on Lakeview Avenue. That search ended in Church Hill this evening, but it's also when things went horribly wrong. Now, that suspect is dead, and so is a man who authorities say was an innocent bystander.
It was devastating end to a homicide investigation, and now police are trying to put all the pieces together. Police say they were close to catching a suspect, but in the end an innocent man died. Now family members are coping with the worst news.
The horrific sequence of events started around 11 Friday morning when police responded to the homicide of 36-year old Tracelle Daniel on Lakeview Avenue. Just before 6 Friday evening, an officer spotted the suspect involved in that shooting near 30th and S Street in Church Hill.
Police say the suspect took off into an alley and into the backyard of a private residence. That's when the first gunshot was heard.
"Officers heard a shot and the suspect from this morning was seen running from the yard and ran for about 40 yards. He stopped shot himself and now he's deceased," said Richmond Police Dept. Assist Chief David McCoy.
Police say the Church Hill man killed in his backyard was an innocent bystander.
"He was a good guy, I've had my home 2 blocks down the street, and he's one of the best. He just retired from Zerox, where he worked and he was just a good man," said one neighbor.
A man who claims to be the victim's stepson couldn't bare the news.
"I've been living here, known him so many years. When I come here I only speak so much English. Anything I know, Mr. Charles teach me what I need to know...I don't want to (cry)..." Will Soioo said.
Tonight's gunfire caps off a deadly two-days in the city: a total of four homicides in just the last 48 hours. Richmond police say today's crimes were not related to yesterday's two separate murders.