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Colonial Heights police officer shoots armed driver after chase

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A woman is recovering in the hospital after leading Colonial Heights police on a chase and then taking out a gun, according to the Colonial Heights police. The officer opened fire at the suspect, who was then taken to the hospital.

"Engines gunning… It sounded like police and EMS and fire…everything all at once," said Leslie Derby, who lives down the block from where the confrontation unfolded, late Sunday morning.
Colonial Heights investigators say an officer tried to pull a woman over for a traffic stop near the intersection of Conduit Road and Ellerslie Avenue. However, the woman drove off, according to police.

The officer tailed the woman, who drove into a home's driveway, several blocks away. Home surveillance video shows the suspect speeding up the house's driveway, at the intersection of Yacht Basin Drive and Wildwood Avenue. The police car followed the woman's vehicle to the backyard.

Investigators say she then got out of her car, armed with a gun. Police say the officer then challenged the suspect, telling her to put down the weapon, and then fired his weapon.

Neighbors, who were too unnerved to reveal their identity, say they heard the intense exchange.

"I heard a police officer (say) 'Put your hands up! Put your hands up! Put your hands up! And then he fired four times," said one woman who lives just a few houses away from the altercation.

"I heard a police officer yell, 'Get out of the car! Get on the ground!' A few seconds later I heard him yell to ‘Get on the ground now.' A couple of seconds later, I heard three or four gun shots," said another man who lives near the scene.
More police cruisers raced to the home. An ambulance rushed the suspect to the hospital.

Neighbors say a bullet hole is visible in the side of a nearby house. They say police were investigating the bullet holes which resulted from the shooting.

There's no word yet on the suspect's condition. The officer wasn't injured. Virginia State Police are heading up the investigation.

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