Chesterfield driver charged with attempted capital murder of an officer

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Video captured officers apprehending a suspect following a police pursuit that ended in a convenience store parking lot in Chesterfield County on Father's Day.

That man, Scott H. O’Donnell, 57, was taken into custody charged with felony eluding, DWI, assault on a law enforcement officer, attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, obstruction of justice, and possession of a schedule I/II substance.

Chesterfield Police said the incident began around 10:35 p.m. Sunday when an officer pulled over a man for driving erratically on Jeff Davis Highway.

Police said the suspect was "non-compliant" and took off headed toward Richmond.

However, officials said that the driver then came back into Chesterfield on Jeff Davis, which is when Virginia State Police and Richmond joined in the pursuit.

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Police said officers tried to box the suspect in several times during the chase, but were unsuccessful. At one point, the suspect drove toward an officer, forcing the officer to move to avoid being hit.

He was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, and then transported to the Chesterfield County Jail. The suspect, identified as Scott H. O’Donnell, 57, of the 8700 block of Andrews Ridge Drive, was arrested and charged with: felony eluding, DWI – second offense within 5 years, assault on a law enforcement officer, attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, obstruction of justice, and possession of a schedule I/II substance.

As officers were following the suspect, he turned onto Walmsley Boulevard as bystanders captured what happened next on video.

"Here they come," a man can be heard saying as the minivan and numerous police cruisers pass in front of the 7-Eleven.

"Uh oh. No, don't pull in here!" Said Angel Thompson, a 7-Eleven employee who captured the video as the suspect pulled into the lot.

That video then shows a Chesterfield officer cut in front of the suspect to block him in.

That is when additional officers swarm the scene and pull the suspect from the vehicle.

"They got the dogs, too," said Thompson. "Oh, I got it all. I got it. I don't know who that is."

Thompson said he's seen other chases -- but none like this.

"We do see a lot, but nothing quite like that. Like that was chaos,’ Thompson said.

At one point in the video, it appears officers deploy a taser.

"No! Please don't hurt me," the suspect can be heard screaming. "I'm so sorry."

Officials said once the suspect was arrested he was taken to the hospital for evaluation, then to the Chesterfield County jail.

Police said no one was injured in the incident.

If you have information that could help detectives, call Chesterfield County Police at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.


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