Stafford Sheriff’s Office Conducting Homicide Investigation
Stafford, VA. The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic-related shooting on Thursday morning at England Run North Apartments that later led to a pursuit and motor vehicle accident on Interstate 95 northbound.
At approximately 11:24 a.m., Stafford deputies responded to reports of a shooting in the area of Heron Drive in the southern end of the county. Upon arrival, deputies observed a woman with three gunshot wounds to the chest. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies learned the adult male suspect had driven away in a black SUV.
Shortly after the Sheriff’s Office issued a Be On The Lookout bulletin, Virginia State Police Trooper Z.G. Torrance located the suspect’s vehicle heading northbound on Interstate 95. When he attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the suspect fired multiple shots at the trooper. One bullet penetrated the windshield of the trooper’s vehicle, narrowly missing the trooper, and became lodged in the driver’s seat.
After Stafford Deputy Cody McCormick joined the pursuit, the suspect again leaned out of his window and fired his weapon. A bullet penetrated the windshield of the deputy’s vehicle and narrowly missed the deputy. The bullet was later found lodged in the driver’s side headrest.
Both the trooper and deputy escaped the incident uninjured, and neither fired their weapons at the suspect.
Around mile marker 142, the suspect crashed into a guardrail, causing the vehicle to flip upside down and land in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95. When the suspect was extracted from the vehicle, law enforcement observed what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The suspect was flown to Fairfax Inova Hospital where he is being treated for life-threatening injuries.
The Sheriff’s Office is handling the homicide investigation and will not be releasing the names of anyone involved in the incident until next of kin have been notified.