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Police: One dead, several taken to hospital after shooting at I-81 rest area

Virginia State Police investigate rest stop at MM 320 on I-81 southbound
Virginia State Police investigate rest stop at MM 320 on I-81 southbound(VSP)
Published: Dec. 26, 2021 at 3:49 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 26, 2021 at 7:53 PM EST
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FREDERICK COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - UPDATE: According to Virginia State Police (VSP), around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday a man and a woman had a domestic dispute at the southbound I-81 rest area at mile marker 320.

VSP said the dispute became physical and several individuals at the rest area intervened for the woman’s safety.

Police said Cesar Juarez Avila, 34, began firing at the woman and three males who intervened and then fled the scene.

The female and two of the men were taken to Winchester Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. A third male was flown to Fairfax Inova Hospital for serious but non-life threatening police, according to police.

State police said shortly after 12 p.m., a Frederick County Sheriff’s deputy spotted Avila’s car on Airport Road in Frederick County and a short pursuit ensued.

VSP said law enforcement positioned their vehicles around Avila’s car and forced it to stop.

When the vehicle came to a stop, state police said law enforcement saw shots being fired inside the car and when they approached the vehicle, Avila was suffering from a gunshot would.

Avila was taken to the hospital and later died from his injuries.

The rest area was reopened around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

The investigation is ongoing.

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One person is dead following a shooting at a rest area along I-81 Sunday morning.

According to Virginia State Police (VSP), around 9:30 the VSP and the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shooting at the southbound I-81 rest area at mile marker 320.

VSP said the suspect fled the scene before police got there. Three people were taken by ambulance to the hospital and a fourth person was flown to Fairfax Inova Hospital for treatment.

State police said the shooting suspect was later found dead in Frederick County.

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