Officer involved in deadly West End shooting

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - An investigation is underway Friday morning into an officer involved shooting. It happened in the 900 block of Pump Road, just off Patterson Avenue in western Henrico County.

The scene unfolded at approximately 8:40 p.m. Thursday night at the Canterbury Square Apartments in the Far West End. Henrico Police responded in reference to a suicidal subject.  Officers approached the residence and attempted to make contact with the male occupant without success.

A short time later while officers were still on the scene, a taxi cab approached with the male subject, later identified as Gregory McCracken, 49, as a passenger.

As officers approached the taxi, McCracken produced a small handgun and shot himself in an attempt to commit suicide.  McCracken then raised the weapon toward the officers.  One officer fired shots into the taxi striking McCracken in the torso.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The taxi driver was able to exit the vehicle unharmed.

The officer has been placed on an administrative assignment while the investigation is being conducted.

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