Suspect in triple shooting in Henrico dies in North Carolina
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WWBT) - A man wanted for shooting three people in Henrico County has died in North Carolina, according to a Fox Carolina report.
Tiye Washington II was killed in a shooting in Rutherford County in an incident that also left a sheriff’s deputy injured, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were searching for Washington, who was said to possibly be in the southeast area of the county.
Washington was a suspect in a Henrico shooting that left three people fighting for their lives.
On March 28, Henrico Police responded to the 5400 block of Mason Manor Drive for a shooting after they said someone in the home made the 911 call.
Authorities say the shooting happened inside a house in the area, and it was suspected to be domestic-related and isolated to the single-family, two-story home.
Three victims - two women and one male juvenile - were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. On Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson with Henrico Police told NBC12 all remain hospitalized or in critical condition.
Early Thursday morning, a neighbor in the area - Ray Nicholson - says there was a strong presence of law enforcement officers in the area for much of Wednesday. He also says there were multiple drones in the air.
He says he couldn’t really sleep because of all the commotion outside, so he was awake when gunfire broke out.
Fox Carolina also spoke with a resident named Julie, who saw the shootout unfold from her home.
“I started to open the door, and a cop come running up and told me, ‘Close your doors. Stay inside. Stay inside,’” said Julie.
Julie saw helicopters, an armored vehicle and officers in tactical gear during the shootout.
“When all the police converged down there, he came out of the house shooting,” said Julie.
The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office started searching for Washington when they were alerted Wednesday that he may be in North Carolina. Authorities found his car but didn’t see him.
Early Thursday morning, the Rutherford Sheriff’s Office found Washington, but an exchange of gunfire happened. The department said during this exchange of gunfire, Washington was killed, and a deputy was shot.
The deputy, who was airlifted to a nearby hospital, is expected to recover.
Fox Carolina reports a family was inside the home at the time of the shootout, but details remain unclear on whether they’re involved in the incident.
“If he really knew this guy, then why [did] my neighbor let him in the house?” asked Julie.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Western District Field Office has been asked to investigate. The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office also plans to conduct an internal investigation into the shooting.
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