Man arrested in homicide, police chase that shut down I-64 for hours

Man arrested in homicide, police chase that shut down I-64 for hours
Branden Dalay (Source: Henrico police)
Stephen Powell, 33 (Source: Family)
Stephen Powell, 33 (Source: Family)
I-64 was closed in both directions for more than four hours. (Source: NBC12)
I-64 was closed in both directions for more than four hours. (Source: NBC12)
A police officer investigates a vehicle. (Source: NBC12)
A police officer investigates a vehicle. (Source: NBC12)
(Source: VDOT)
(Source: VDOT)

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Bond was denied for the man suspected of a homicide on Nine Mile Road that led to a chase that closed I-64 on April 2.

Branden Dalay, of Chesterfield, has been charged with second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, burglary and auto grand larceny.

Officers were first called to a shooting in the 1800 block of Nine Mile Road around 10 p.m. on Sunday. The victim, identified as Stephen Powell, 33, of Henrico, was found dead inside of a vehicle from gunshot wounds. He leaves behind a family, including children.

Then around 11 p.m., while police were investigating the murder, there was another call for a commercial alarm that went off down the street. A truck was stolen and the gate was destroyed.

This wasn't the only target. The owners of Al's Service Center on East Nine Mile Road say they were hit too and believe it happened shortly before the truck was stolen.

"We got a call from Henrico Police this morning that something had gone on our lot overnight," says Sherry Burkett, the co-owner.

Two gunshots were fired at the door. When it didn't shatter the glass, Burkett believes Dalay started vandalizing the cars hoping to find something to steal. The dashboard to one car was ripped out and another truck window had been shot out.

Around 11:30 p.m.,  police say they spotted the stolen truck on Glenside Drive and Bethlehem Road. Following a pursuit, police deployed a "stinger" device on I-64 West, which flattened the vehicle's tires.

Police say Dalay continued to flee, attempted to U-turn onto I-64 East and crashed near the interchange with I-295. A police spokesperson says Dalay got out and fired at police - who did not return fire - and fled on foot.

Dalay was later arrested in the 13000 block of North Gayton Road around 3:45 a.m.

That incident lead to I-64 being closed in both directions for about five hours. All lanes were cleared and traffic returned to normal about 5 a.m.

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