Woman shot by police faces attempted capital murder charge

Woman shot by police faces attempted capital murder charge
Emily Adkins and Derrick Bynum (Source: Chesterfield Police)
Police say a woman engaged in suspicious activity attempted to flee and nearly hit them with a car. (Source: NBC12)
Police say a woman engaged in suspicious activity attempted to flee and nearly hit them with a car. (Source: NBC12)

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A 28-year-old woman who was shot by police in Chesterfield late Thursday after she nearly hit officers with a vehicle faces multiple charges, including attempted capital murder.

Chesterfield County police said a foot patrol at the Suburban Hotel on West Hundred Road identified some suspicious activity, and a woman involved attempted to flee in a vehicle.

While driving away, the vehicle - who was driven by Emily C. Adkins - nearly hit the responding officers who discharged their firearms, police said.

The woman was hit by the gunfire and transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police administered first aid to Adkins until EMTs arrived.

"During their investigation, police located and searched a room at the motel that Adkins and the man in the hallway, identified as Derrick L. Bynum, 46, were sharing," police said. "In the room, officers located a firearm and what appeared to be controlled substances."

Adkins, of no permanent address, has been charged with:

  • attempted capital murder of a police officer
  • possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • possession of a schedule I, II controlled substance
  • possession with intent to distribute a schedule I, II controlled substance
  • possession of a firearm while in possession of a schedule I, II controlled substance.

Adkins remains in the hospital in the custody of the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office.

Bynum, of no permanent address, was arrested and charged with:

  • possession of a schedule I, II controlled substance
  • distribution of a schedule I, II controlled substance
  • conspiracy to distribute a schedule I, II controlled substance
  • possession with intent to distribute a schedule I, II controlled substance
  • possession with intent to distribute a schedule I, II controlled substance – conspiracy
  • possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • possession of a firearm while in possession of a schedule I, II controlled substance
  • maintaining a common nuisance.

Bynum is being held at the Chesterfield County Jail without bond.

The officers who discharged their firearms have been placed on administrative leave.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

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