CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - Police have identified the suspect who was killed following a shootout with police.
According to police, officers arrived at a residence located in the 17100 block of Lansmill Drive around 4:15 p.m. on Jan. 13 to serve warrants for violating a protective order on a male suspect. Police said the suspect, identified as Jeffrey D. Kite, 36, refused to come out of the residence.
“The subject was uncooperative, unwilling to work with officers,” said Chesterfield Police Chief Jeffrey Katz.
After several hours of negotiations, a woman exited the residence around 9 p.m. The suspect then stopped communicating with police. Chief Katz says they don’t believe she was being held as a hostage.
Then, periods of no contact between the suspect and authorities forced them to resort to other means.
“They put drones up and started searching around and all that,” said Dakota Boykin, a neighbor and co-worker to Kite.
Boykin watched the standoff from his home, just two doors down, as the hours passed.
Officers used technological resources to contact the suspect to avoid a violent encounter, however, they were unsuccessful:
“We actually had deployed gas into the residence in order to get him to come out. He was unresponsive to that so we felt that it was a decent possibility that he may have actually left the trailer,” said Chief Katz.
It wasn’t until around 3 a.m. Thursday when police finally made their move into the home, and eventually found Kite hiding under a storage area of the home.
Officers found a mattress laying on the ground in one of the bedrooms and when they lifted the mattress up, the subject came from underneath. The suspect had attempted to conceal himself and he had intended to ambush the officers. He fires multiple rounds at the officers in point-blank range,” said the Chief.
After an exchange of fire between the suspect and officers, Kite was killed and pronounced dead at the scene.
“We heard a couple more gunshots and then it got quiet. I can see they were doing their job, but they didn’t have to kill him,” Boykin said, recalling the last few minutes of the standoff.
Police continue to investigate the incident. Chief Katz said at least two officers have been placed on administrative leave.
Anyone with information should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.
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