Monday, April 8, 2013

Jefferson Davis Highway Fatal Crash

The Richmond Police Department is in the early stages of investigating a fatal vehicle crash involving a stolen police car this afternoon.

Just after 12:30 p.m. today, officers received a call for a wanted, armed individual in the 4700 block of Jefferson Davis Highway near the 7-Eleven. When officers arrived, the individual was gone, but the officer spotted him around the corner walking on Castlewood Drive.

The officer parked his car, but when he attempted to speak with the man, he brandished a firearm at the officer. The officer then took cover behind his police car and the man then stole the marked police cruiser.

The man then drove through a business gate and crashed into a building in the 4700 block of Jefferson Davis Highway where the vehicle caught fire and the single occupant, a white male in his early 30s, died at the scene.

There were no other injuries. The building suffered minor damage.

Officers are in the process of confirming the victim’s identity and notifying next of kin. More information will be released when it’s available.