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RICHMOND, Va. - A Richmond Police officer is recovering at VCU Medical Center after being hit by a driver during an early morning traffic stop.

Police initially stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation in Gilpin Court  around 3 a.m. But the driver sped off once officers approached the car, police said.

Eventually two Richmond Police cruisers cornered the vehicle on Lamb Avenue, but when officers approached the car to speak with the driver, the vehicle spun around and hit one of the officers, police said.

Northside residents, including Dahvid Johnson woke up the chaos and commotion.

"If you're wrong, you're wrong. If you do the crime, do the time," Johnson said. "To the person that did it, you stupid man."

The officer suffered non-life threatening injuries. A second officer was sent to the hospital for moral support.

Police were able to detain a passenger in the suspect's vehicle. The passenger was treated for minor injuries.

The driver of the car was able to get away.

"It's disheartening that you don't think about somebody else's life," Johnson said. "You have to take into account older people and kids especially in this area over here."

Police have not yet released a description of the suspect nor his vehicle.

Anyone with information about the suspect's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.


  • John

    Rookie cops never heard of a felony stop… who walks up on a pursuit vehicle? Who doesn’t shoot the car before getting hit by it. Seem like the smartest person in the story is the passenger (hitchhiker) that just sat there.

    • Liz

      Wow John. Thanks for your indepth analysis of this incident. You sound so experienced in law enforcement situations. Maybe RPD can hire you on as an advisor to instruct our already smart cops as to how to shoot cars without provocation and then defend themselves in a lawsuit.

      • Clayton Bigsby

        They are legally allowed to shoot and kill the driver if he’s trying to hit them. It’s happened many times in Richmond. I wish they had shot the piece of s**t.

  • Becky

    Waiting to see if the charges are assault by auto or if that is reserved for celebrity cases only.

  • Bill

    John, You are an idiot. I’d be willing to bet that Jerry Springer was on tv or Judge Judy while you were typing out your comment. If you feel a jolt in the night it’s just the guy hooking up your trailer to repossess it. Sit back and enjoy the ride….. Num nut

  • Reasonable Man

    Two thoughts……one, I would think that the officers at some point during or at the end of the chase should have been able to get the plate # for their first lead in finding the owner/driver. And two, the fact that John called the passenger a “hitchhiker” would make me want to question John…..nowhere in the written story or the news video did it ever say the passenger was a hitchhiker. Maybe John was the driver, or knows the driver and has talked with him??? Hmmmmmm

  • mbaker9105

    Umm, lets add it up….Gilpin Court 3 A.M., driver ran, you have the car/plates/vin thus the owner info, an accomplice/eyewitness, yet no description released and asking people to call crimestoppers. Stolen car, police officer injury/attempted murder, suspect probably had a warrant already. Lean on the accomplice until he gives up the info. I’m fairly certain he doesn’t want the charges for whatever was in the vehicle. Criminals are dumb anyway, probably fingerprints all over it and I’m faaiiiirrrly sure said suspect would be in a law enforcement database already. Shoulda just gave up stupid. Now you’re facing some serious charges, and headed for the big house probably.

  • Morning Dew

    John probably said the guy was a hitchhiker because he is unwilling to share information about the driver. The passenger says something like, “Don’t know him, I just got a ride from him.” That way the passenger isn’t a snitch.

  • A J Bryant

    Monorail. Elevated stations, down the old trolly easment…. not all that expensive and certainly easier then ripping up roads and trying to re-engineer an entire city.

  • Glen Allen

    The suspect should just go ahead and turn himself in now, because the passenger does have a price, and as soon as the police find out what that is, he will sing like a bird. There are no real friends/relationships when you lead that kind of life.

  • BO

    You want the best bet on why he ran,He might have had massive time over his head by courts and had more time in the car with him.

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