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Wife of man killed by Hopewell police found dead in motel

Police responded to the scene on Western Street for reports of a suicidal subject Monday morning. (Source: Cynthia Neal) Police responded to the scene on Western Street for reports of a suicidal subject Monday morning. (Source: Cynthia Neal)
Sources say the man was shot and killed by officers. (Source: NBC12) Sources say the man was shot and killed by officers. (Source: NBC12)
State Police brought in a helicopter to provide aerial photographs of the scene (Source: NBC12) State Police brought in a helicopter to provide aerial photographs of the scene (Source: NBC12)
The wife of a man shot to death by Hopewell Police was found dead inside a Colonial Heights motel, according to State Police. (Source: NBC12) The wife of a man shot to death by Hopewell Police was found dead inside a Colonial Heights motel, according to State Police. (Source: NBC12)
COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - The wife of a man shot to death by Hopewell Police was found dead inside a Colonial Heights motel, according to State Police.

State Police were called in to investigate Monday's deadly officer-involved shooting. While looking into the case, they went to the Value Inn on Jennick Drive where he lived and found the body of his wife inside.

Police identified the couple as Gary E. Lee and his wife, Carol, on Tuesday.

Police have not yet said how Carol Lee died or how it could be linked to the deadly officer-involved shooting in Hopewell. The officer-involved shooting began with a call around 10:15 a.m. for a man driving on the railroad tracks near Western Street. When Hopewell Police officers arrived, Gary Lee stopped driving but refused to get out of the car, according to State Police.

Police tried to negotiate with Lee 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. There is no word yet on what kind of gestures they were.

Authorities have not yet named the officer or officers involved in the shooting, but at this point, 3-Hopewell Officers are on paid administrative leave.  Hopewell PD tells us- these were "veteran officers."  One officer has +7-years experience, while the two others have +14-years experience.

Value Place's President and CEO said this is a horrible circumstance and says the motel chain is focused on safety.
 
He wasn't sure how long the Lee's lived there, but says the chain specializes in extended stays, and their living situation wasn't out of the ordinary.

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