HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Virginia State Police say a man is dead following an officer-involved shooting on I-64 on Thursday morning. It shut down a part of the highway for hours.
State police say it started as a pursuit in Henrico's West End at Glenside Drive when law enforcement tried to pull over 40-year-old Timothy M. Gray.
Gray was wanted for felony strangulation, felony sexual battery and domestic assault.
"The reason for the traffic stop and the investigation was based on a warrant out of the city of Richmond for this particular individual," says Corinne Geller with Virginia State Police.
Geller says Gray got onto I-64, then I-95 and back onto I-64 East before crashing into a median just past the Sandston exit. She says speeds reached between 70 and 80 miles per hour. A police vehicle pinned Gray's vehicle against the median to end the pursuit.
Gray then got out of the car with a machete.
"When the vehicle crashed, the driver got out of the vehicle armed with a weapon, approached law enforcement," says Geller. "He was subsequently shot. He did die at the scene."
"I saw the trooper, you know, go into the car and knock it into the middle of the strip, the median strip, so I said you know that's just an accident," says Marie Hoy, who lives in a neighborhood that overlooks the highway.
She says the next thing she heard had her running back inside.
"I heard bang, bang and I said oh-oh," she said
Gray died at the scene.
The chase involved members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force made up of local, state and federal members. A VSP special agent and U.S. Marshal were involved in the shooting. They were not injured and per policy, they are on paid administrative leave during the investigation.
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