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Update: Identity of Prince George shooting suspect released

Source: Jeff Rose / Prince George Journal Source: Jeff Rose / Prince George Journal

UPDATE - 5:30 p.m. Sunday:

Sgt. Thomas Molnar with Virginia State Police has confirmed the identity of the suspect in this incident. State Police tell us Robert L. Henderson III, 21, of Fort Bragg, N.C., was the one driving the 2000 Nissan Altima involved in Saturday's deputy-involved shooting in Prince George County.

 


 

PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - Part of Interstate 295 in Prince George is still closed after an officer-involved shooting shut down the highway most of the day.

It all started as a police chase around 10 o'clock Saturday morning,crossing back and forth from Prince George into Hopewell then back into Prince George.

Hopewell Police tried to pull over a man for reckless driving after they say he was going more than 100 miles an hour on the interstate.

He sped off the first time he was pulled over. The second time he got out of his car, shot at police and deputies fired back.

A pile of the suspect's clothes mark the spot where he was shot by police.

Robert Siemon and Anja Saine were driving their minivan from Maryland en route to Florida. They saw the entire police chase unfold right in front of them.

"It was like an OJ Simpson chase," Saine said.

The suspect was trying to get away from police in a white Nissan. Siemon says he was about 50 yards away when the suspect started shooting.

"I saw the guy running," Siemon said.  "I got a little nervous and I said I hope he's not running towards us and then the next thing I know he was on the ground."

State Police say this suspect fired at the deputies first. Then deputies fired back and hit him.

"(The deputies) fired three shots," Saine said.  "Then three more and the suspect fell. I don't know if he fell or they hit him, but he wasn't moving."

Right now investigators are trying to figure out why this man started shooting and exactly how many shots were fired.

The suspect was taken away in a med-flight helicopter from the scene. He died this afternoon at VCU Medical Center.

Traffic was backed up for miles on Interstate 295 while forensic teams and federal agents collected evidence.

Police have not released the name of this suspect or where he's from. Right now they're trying to contact his family.

Neither officer involved in the shooting was seriously hurt.

Right now traffic is being detoured to Route 36.  From there you can take Temple Avenue over to Interstate 95.

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