Man attempts suicide in taxi, shot by Henrico police

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - New information has been revealed in a deadly shooting involving a Henrico county police officer.

Police said Gregory McCracken, 49, first shot himself before pointing his gun at officers. An officer then fired the shots that killed McCracken.

This all happened on Pump Road after McCracken arrived in a taxi.

The dispatcher for Yellow Cab spoke with NBC12 by phone today.

Billy Walters said McCracken called twice for taxi service on Thursday and both drivers claimed McCracken seemed fine until the second one saw him cock a handgun right as the driver asked for his fare.

Henrico police said McCracken's wife called 911 Thursday night.

But when officers got to the 900 block of Pump road near Patterson just before 9 p.m., McCracken wasn't home. Police said minutes later, he rolled up in taxi.

Police were everywhere.

Walters said his driver had no idea what was happening and turned to McCracken to ask for his money. The situation then took a turn for the worse.

"My driver seen him cock a gun and when my driver seen that my driver turned his head getting ready to exit that's when he heard the boom," said Walters.

Police said McCracken first shot himself then raised his gun toward officers.  One fired shots into the cab striking McCracken in the torso.

The taxi driver wasn't hurt.

Walters said his cabbie claims McCracken didn't talk about suicide, but mentioned his marriage of 25 years was on the rocks.

The officer is on administrative assignment pending the outcome of the investigation.

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