Chesterfield police officer witnesses shooting during traffic stop

Chesterfield police officer witnesses shooting during traffic stop
A Chesterfield County police officer had a frightening night when he witnessed a shooting during a traffic stop.

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - A Chesterfield County police officer had a frightening night when he witnessed a shooting during a traffic stop.

Police say an officer pulled over a suspected drunk driver on Midlothian Turnpike near Courthouse Road around 1:40 a.m. Jan. 1. During the traffic stop, the driver pulled out a handgun and shot himself.

The driver was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. His identity has not been released.

The officer was not harmed during the incident.

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