Suspect fleeing Richmond Police shoots himself in the head

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia State Police and Richmond Police are on scene in the 1800 block of North 22nd Street, where it intersects Y Street,  in the East End of Richmond.

Earlier Tuesday evening a domestic call was placed for a disturbance at a home in the 2100 block of Phaup Street, near Fairfield, police on scene said. A person took off from that home in a vehicle.

Police took pursuit.  Officers say the suspect exited the vehicle at an alley at 21st and Fairfield. The event occurred in a four-block radius.

He took off on foot, then stopped running, produced a gun and shot himself in the head, police said.

The adult male is currently at VCU Medical, in critical condition.

Fairfield residents and witnesses speculate that the wound was caused by a police officer.

"I can tell you right now that nothing points to any officer firing, but we will go through the investigation... until there is no speculation," said Major Steve Drew.

All aspects of the incident will be investigated, police said. The Commonwealth's Attorney will aid in this investigation.


  • alberto

    “he produced a handgun”so at what point do the police have a right to shoot now,once their hit first?gimme a break,quit breaking the law and you wouldn’t have to question this daily

    • BO

      I’m surprised we did’nt have a Feguson but then I thought about it and there is’nt much to loot in that part of town.It gotta be nice for cops to see the media causing them to doubt themselves for the split second it takes to get killed.I would love to hear the speculation from the fairfield residents.Bet it sounded like an ebonics class.

  • Solutionsnotcrybabies

    Nothing to report. His demise was by his own hand. Better believe if he was shot prior to his fleeing the media would be doing their regular sensationalized journalism for the affable welfare public and second guessing Monday morning general public.

  • Becky

    Police, especially white police, are definitely The Government’s and their Mainstream Media’s next
    Targeted Attack & Kill Notice. Government/Media much prefers the rioters, looters, arsonists, illegal, lawless, violent mobs, foreigners and others causing chaos, turmoil, conflicts and civil disobedience. Too transparent, too often, by too much…This IS Their Political Agenda.

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