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Affidavit: Suspect pointed gun at Colonial Heights Police officer

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COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) -

A suspect could face attempted capital murder charges after a shooting involving a Colonial Heights Police officer.

According to an affidavit for a search warrant filed at the Colonial Heights Circuit Court, the incident started when Colonial Heights Officer Greg Thinnes tried to pull over a vehicle he clocked speeding 60 MPH in a 35 MPH zone, on Ellerslie Avenue around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The female suspect kept going, ran a red light at the intersection of Ellerslie Avenue and Conduit Road, then pulled into the back yard of a home near on Wildwood Avenue.

Court records say Officer Thinnes followed the suspect and ordered her to show her hands. According to the affidavit, she did not comply, and suddenly got out of the car and pointed a black, semiautomatic handgun at the officer. Officer Thinnes fired at the suspect. The woman was hit several times.  

The suspect is currently at VCU Medical Center in unknown condition. Police have not released the identity of the suspect.

A search warrant was requested, upon the investigation of a potential attempted capital murder offense, for the silver 2014 Dodge Avenger with SC tags, driven by the suspect. Police collected a Samsung Galaxy 3 mini, a prescription for "Melissa Alexander," and two .380-caliber cartridges.

VCU Medical Center reports a patient named Melissa Alexander is currently in critical condition. However, police have yet to confirm the name of the suspect.

There's no word from police yet on any charges. The search warrant states it was filed in relation to an attempted capitol murder offense. Virginia State Police are set to turn over their findings on the shooting to the Colonial Heights Commonwealth's Attorney office.

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