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Bullet strikes Hopewell police cruiser as suspect fires on officer

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HOPEWELL, Va. — A police car and two apartments were hit by bullets when a robbery suspect opened fire on a Hopewell police officer and robbery victim, police said. Neither the police officer nor robbery victim were injured. The incident began when two men robbed a third man early Thursday morning near the intersection of S. 12th Ave. and Atlantic St., police said.

“The victim followed the offenders several blocks as they ran from the area. The victim then flagged down a Hopewell police officer who was patrolling in the 200 block of S. 8th Ave. As the officer began to investigate the robbery, one of the offenders began discharging a firearm in the direction of the officer and victim,” Hopewell Police spokesman Lt. Damon Stoker said. “A police vehicle and two apartments were struck. The officer did not return fire.”

Later, with help from the US Marshals Service Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, police arrested the suspects.

Devonte Lamar Taylor,  21, of Hopewell, was charged with Discharge a Weapon, Assault & Battery, Robbery, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling, and Attempted Malicious Wounding. Kunwane Mortez Taylor,  33, of Hopewell, was charged with Assault & Battery and Robbery.

Devonte Lamar Taylor, and Kunwane Mortez Taylor (PHOTO: Hopewell Police)

Devonte Lamar Taylor, and Kunwane Mortez Taylor (PHOTO: Hopewell Police)

Anyone with information about these men or this incident was asked to call Hopewell Police Department at (804) 541-2222 or the Hopewell/Prince George Crime Solvers at (804) 541-2202.