Investigation continues into Dahlgren Weigh Station fatal shooting
From Virginia State Police:
Virginia State Police is continuing to investigate a domestic altercation that turned into an officer-involved shooting at the Virginia DMV Motor Carrier Service Center’s Dahlgren Weigh Station on Thursday (March 25, 2021). The weigh station is located in the 3900 block of James Madison Parkway in King George, Va., approximately 1 mile south of the Harry Nice Bridge at the Virginia-Maryland border.
The incident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. when an SUV pulled off Route 301 into the weigh station’s parking lot. Moments after the SUV parked in the lot, a 34-year-old female passenger exited and began running away from it. The driver, Charles C. White III, 35, of Prince George’s, Md., quickly exited, ran after the female and appears to have fired a handgun at her.
There was a Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Trooper and a Virginia State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer inspecting a box truck behind the weigh station as this was happening. Both state police personnel engaged White and exchanged gunfire with him. White died at the scene. A handgun was recovered at the scene. His remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for examination and autopsy.
The female, who is also from Prince George’s, Md., was transported to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening, injuries.
A 21-year-old Maryland man was standing outside the box truck as it was being inspected by state police. He was shot by White during the exchange of gunfire and transported to Mary Washington Hospital for treatment of a serious, but non-life threatening, injury.
In accordance with Virginia State Police policy, both state police personnel were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
The investigation remains ongoing by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Richmond Field Office. Once state police concludes its investigation, the criminal investigative file will be turned over to the Commonwealth’s Attorney for final review and adjudication.
The Virginia State Police extends its gratitude to the King George County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Law Enforcement Division for their assistance onscene.