HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - Police have identified the man who was shot and killed by a state police officer on Saturday morning after a high-speed chase led to a crash on Interstate 64.
The driver, identified as Xzavier D. Hill, 18, of Charlottesville, was shot after displaying a firearm at the crash scene, according to Virginia State Police.
A release from state police says a trooper was near the 177 mile marker in Henrico County when they registered a 2003 Mercedes Benz driving 98 mph in a 65-mph zone. After the trooper turned on his lights and sirens, police said Hill sped away going at least 120 mph.
Police say Hill reached the 172 mile marker and attempted to make a U-turn in the westbound lanes. Instead, the vehicle ran off of the interstate and became stuck in the embankment.
Police say two troopers approached the scene and told the driver to exit the vehicle and show his hands. The press release states Hill showed a firearm and was subsequently shot.
In accordance with state police policy, the two troopers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation. Virginia State Police’s Richmond office is investigating the shooting. Once Virginia State Police completes its investigation, the findings will be turned over to the commonwealth’s attorney for final review and adjudication.
Neither trooper was injured during the incident.
The crash, which occurred around 4:35 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, caused closures on I-64 west in Goochland.
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