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New details released after police shoot woman in Colonial Heights

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COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. — Police released two new details about the shooting of a woman in Colonial Heights. The woman is 43 years old and she is from South Carolina, Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Vick confirmed via email Tuesday.

“The investigation into the officer-involved shooting of a 43-year-old female from South Carolina by a Colonial Heights police officer remains ongoing at this time,” Sgt. Vick wrote. “Once state police completes its investigation into the shooting, the findings will be turned over to the Commonwealth’s Attorney for final review and adjudication.”

State Police have not yet released the woman’s name nor her condition. Vick did say the woman remained at VCU Medical Center.

Colonial Heights Police shot the woman following a chase on Sunday morning. An officer tried to pull over the woman’s vehicle for a traffic violation around 11:30 a.m. Instead of stopping, police said the woman drove off and a chase ensued.

It ended about one mile away at the intersection of Yacht Basin Drive and Wildwood Avenue when the woman got out of her vehicle and pulled out a gun, police said.

A Colonial Heights Police officer opened fire.

Witnesses said they heard three or four gunshots.

Colonial Heights Police asked Virginia State Police to handle the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

“We want an unbiased opinion, an outside agency, to come in and assist,” Colonial Heights Police Sgt. Rob Ruxer said. “Somebody who doesn’t have any interest in our police department to investigate.”


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