UPDATE: Virginia State Police investigating trooper-involved shooting in Bedford County; suspect at Roanoke Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries

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UPDATE 5:47 P.M.: Herbert Martin never thought his front yard would be a crime scene.

“Oh, you see it on television all the time,” said Herbert Martin. “You don’t really expect to see it in your front yard.”

Martin says six cars have crashed through his fence in the past 40 years. The latest one happened last night.

“I was sleeping in the living room as I usually do. My wife woke up from the bedroom. She came out and told me she heard three gunshots. She thought it was me shooting a possum or something getting my cat’s cat food. When we look out the window, there’s about a dozen police cars out in front of my driveway.”

According to the Bedford Police Department, it all started around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21 at a Shell station, when an officer saw a car parked in the back that looked suspicious.

“[The officer] saw [the suspect] drink something out of a can, he set it aside, and drove away,” said Chief Todd Foreman. “He went to his vehicle and got behind the vehicle, saw it cross the double yellow line, so he decided to make a traffic stop and check on the suspicious vehicle and what they were doing.”

That’s when the chase started. It ended in Martin’s front yard.

“Back there by the pole,” said Martin, “you can see the roadway where this car was traveling with no tires on it.”

Foreman explained the marks on the road are a result of tactics that officers used to stop Newman’s car.

“We had used a tool called stop sticks, trying to stop the vehicle. They are slow deflation device.”

The chief says Newman will be charged with felony eluding while other charges are pending.

UPDATE 12:58 P.M.: Virginia State Police say troopers assisted the Bedford Police Department and the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office with a traffic pursuit involving a 1998 Chrysler Sebring in the town of Bedford. The Chrysler hit two VSP cars before it crashed into a fence in the 3800 block of Falling Creek Road.

“The driver exited the vehicle and pointed a firearm at the Trooper, which discharged his service weapon striking the suspect,” Virginia State Police Sgt. Richard Garletts said in a statement. “The subject was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with life threatening injuries.”

The suspect is identified as Daniel Ira Newman, 48, of Bedford. No officers were injured.

The VSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Salem Division is investigating this shooting and the trooper involved is on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation, which will be turned over tot he Bedford County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

Charges are pending against Newman.

ORIGINAL POST:
BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — An investigation is underway after a Virginia state trooper was involved in a shooting incident overnight in Bedford County.

Sgt. Richard Garletts confirms to WFXR News that there was a trooper-involved shooting around Falling Creek Road just after 12:30 a.m. this morning. It is unclear if anyone was injured.

Garletts said he would release more information early this afternoon.

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