Petersburg cab driver found dead in Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A second Petersburg taxi driver is dead -- the apparent victim of gun violence. Right now three police departments are working various aspects of the homicide investigation.

Forty-nine-year-old Peter Ambrister was found dead, inside his taxi, just after five, in the 2600 block of Walmsley Boulevard, near the Richmond-Chesterfield border.

Police tell us a 7-11 customer approached a city cop, asking him to check out an abandoned vehicle that was just sitting in the middle of a parking lot. It belongs to a cab company called Boulevard Cab, out of Petersburg.

"The officer checked and there was a male deceased from an apparent gunshot wound in the vehicle. The car is marked as a Petersburg taxi cab," said James Mercante of the Richmond Police Department.

Ambrister's wife was too distraught to say very much. She says her husband was a workaholic, who provided for his family. She says she tried calling her husband, after he left for work this morning, but she couldn't reach him.

"I kept calling his phone. I started from nine ... All it was going to was his answering machine," said Mary Ambrister.

In March of this year Raphael Cud was robbed and killed, just days after two other drivers with the same company were robbed.

There have been no arrest in this latest fatal shooting, and as far as we've been able to determine, no one has been arrested for the crimes, back in March either.

Police are asking people to stop and think about what they may have seen or heard between 6:40 am and 8:30 am. Call Richmond or Petersburg Police, if you noticed anything suspicious in the 2600 block of Walmsley Boulevard.

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