Murder suspect shot & killed during standoff

Jataynun Fleming
Jataynun Fleming

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A standoff that locked down a Richmond neighborhood, ends in gunfire. The suspect is dead, and tonight we've learned why police considered him so dangerous.

That standoff unfolded in the 300 block of Beaufont Hills Drive -- that's just off Midlothian Turnpike in south Richmond. The suspect, 22-year-old Jataynun Fleming of Chesterfield County, was contacted by officers in connection with a murder earlier today in the city.

As the ambulance pulls off, a nearly 5 hour standoff between Jataynun Fleming and local law enforcement comes to a violent ending.

"He was involved in SWAT operation that I described earlier tonight. He has passed away. We heard shortly after he arrived at VCU Medical Center before 8 o'clock he succumbed to the wounds he suffered inside the house," said Gene Lepley with the Richmond Police Department.

Fleming was wanted for a murder earlier Wednesday at a Richmond home on Wood Street where a 46-year-old man was shot and killed inside his own home. That murder investigation moved to a home on Beaufont Hills Drive where police say their prime suspect was located. But Fleming refused to come out causing a standoff with police; streets were blocked off, SWAT team called in, and neighbors told to get to safety.

"They just said that we needed to leave our home and they didn't give us a time frame as to when we could come back or what was going on," said one resident.

"We do know that there were 2 rounds of gas that were put into the room in which he was staying and this is after hours of negotiations in which negotiations broke off.  He threw away the phone, the communication device we provided him, refused to communicate, so those gas rounds were launched into the room followed by multiple gunshots," said Lepley.

No officers were injured during the standoff. Right now investigators are trying to determine who shot Fleming and how many times. At this point it is not known if Fleming was armed. Fleming was recently featured as one of central Virginia's most wanted fugitives on the front page of this week's 'Gotcha!' newspaper. Police say that they had several leads that led them to find him at this location.

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