HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Police have charged a man in connection with a standoff on I-95 from March 21.
David Rios was charged with disregarding a police command, possessing a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.
The incident happened when Rios fled police before ultimately crashing on I-95 and shooting himself in the chest. There was a standoff with police that closed I-95 for more three hours as they tried to coax Rios from his vehicle. He was taken to VCU medical center in critical condition.
Rios' girlfriend, Lynne Gordon, previously spoke about his mental state and said that he was only a threat to himself.
Gordon said Rios is "not a monster," but that he is a convicted felon with a lengthy criminal history that he has struggled to move forward from. His most recent troubles came from an arrest in Bryan Park last year - Gordon says he was later cleared of the charges.
"He's been through a lot his whole life, and just in the last year, he couldn't get past it," Gordon explained. "He had family, he had friends, he had a mind and he had potential, and he wasted it."
Gordon rushed to the closest police line she could find Wednesday, after being on the phone with her boyfriend through the entire chase he led Henrico Police on.
"I was on the phone with him from the time officers in Henrico asked him to get out of his vehicle until 10, about 20 minutes before he shot himself," she said.
Gordon said she was only concerned about his survival, but that he was "going to do what he wanted to do."
"I could hear the cops telling him 'Work with us. Put the window down and talk to us'," Gordon said. "He wanted no part of them. He wanted to be left alone. He did not want to go back to prison, and if that meant taking his own life, then that was what he was going to do."
Gordon said she did not know he had a gun, but that he struggles getting back on track when things don't go his way. She said he loved his children, and loved her daughter as his own. She wishes he had understood there are people in his life like her who are willing to help him.
"I'm supported him through everything, and I'll be there for him," Gordon said. "I don't know how much support I can be this go-round, but I'll be there."
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