Man dies after stealing, crashing Richmond Police car

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A man is dead after he stole a Richmond Police car, then crashed it into the side of a Southside building.

Richmond Police received a call around 12:30 p.m. for an armed, wanted man near the 7-Eleven near Jefferson Davis Highway and Walmsley Boulevard.

According to police, an officer spotted the suspect around the corner walking on Castlewood Drive. When the officer parked his car and approached, the suspect pulled a gun on the officer.

"The guy didn't want to get down, he just kept his hand in his pocket, like he had a gun," says Latoya Wiley. She says she saw the officer confront the suspect.

The officer took cover behind his marked police car and the suspect jumped in the driver's seat and took off.

The suspect smashed the police car into the closed loading bay of the Zeller + Gmelin Corp. building on Jefferson Davis Highway near Walmsley Boulevard around 1:30 p.m., causing a small fire.

"It was a loud boom and you could kind of feel it as it hit the building coming through the wall of the barbershop," says Jayden Slaughter who was getting his haircut next door.  He snapped a photo of the flames.  "I've never seen anything like it ever."

Police and fire crews rushed to the scene and tried to resuscitate the suspect, but he died at the scene.

The officer was not injured and the building suffered minor damage. Police are still investigating and have not detailed the warrants the suspect was wanted on or released his identity.

A woman at the crime scene says she is the mother of the suspect's child.  She said the man was wanted for unpaid child support, but police have not confirmed this.

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