Stafford County

Driver Suspected of Killing Wife Shoots at Officers, Crashes on I-95

No law enforcement officers were injured in the shooting

Northbound traffic on Interstate 95 in Stafford County was moving again Thursday night after a driver suspected in the fatal shooting of his wife fired on law enforcement officers and crashed on the highway.

Stafford County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a shooting at 11:24 a.m. at an apartment complex in the area of Heron Drive and found a woman with three gunshot wounds to the chest, Stafford County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Amanda Vicinanzo said.

Virginia State Police
Two cruisers from Virginia State Police and Stafford County Sheriff's Office were struck by gunfire on I-95 on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017.

Deputies put out a call for the gunman, who they said had fled in a black SUV. Virginia State Police say a state trooper and a Stafford County sheriff's deputy stopped an SUV in the northbound lanes of I-95 near the 138 marker in connection with the shooting. The driver got out of the SUV and began firing at the trooper and deputy, striking the trooper's windshield, state police said.

A bullet hole could be seen in the driver side headrest of the sheriff's cruiser, narrowly missing the deputy.

The driver then got back into the SUV and fled northbound on I-95, where he crashed and overturned near the 142 marker. The sheriff's office said he was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and was flown to a hospital where he is being treated.

NBC Washington
A map of where the shooting on I-95 in Stafford County took place Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017.

"That guy could have killed a lot of people, just by driving the way he was, let alone shooting at people," a witness told NBC4 News.


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The woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the first shooting. Her name was not released because her family had not been notified of her death. The sheriff's office confirmed that the suspect and woman were husband and wife.

No law enforcement officers were injured. State police say the trooper and deputy did not fire their guns during the shooting.

NBC Washington
A driver who shot at law enforcement officers on I-95 in Stafford County, Virginia, crashed his SUV, forcing lane closures on the northbound side of the freeway on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017.

Northbound lanes were closed at Exit 140 during the investigation and caused an hours-long backup into the evening commute.

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