HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - There were no short cuts for folks along Western Street Monday. The road was closed throughout the day, and people in this small community had no idea why.
"Just trying to get back to the house," says nearby resident Ryan Schiavone.
"I live down that way," says Liz Harris.
"Actually I'm taking a short cut to my mother's home," explains Natasha Hill.
That's because state police were investigating an officer involved shooting by air and by land. Investigators says it all started at about 10:15 a.m., with a man was driving on the railroad tracks that run parallel to Western. When officers arrived, the man reportedly stopped driving but refused to get out of the car.
Police tried to negotiate with the man for more than hour. That's when investigators say he began making threatening gestures at the officer and one of the Hopewell officers shot and killed him. No word yet on what kind of gestures they were.
Hopewell police called in Virginia State Police to investigate. Virginia State Police troopers are leading the investigation and are using a helicopter to take aerial photographs of the scene.The Commonwealth Attorney will determine whether charges will be filed.
The investigation briefly closed exit 9b on Interstate 295 and Western Street is expected to be closed until at least 4 p.m. Additional resources are now coming in from Richmond to investigate.
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