ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – During an early-morning traffic stop, a Rockingham County Sheriff’s deputy was shot four times.
The incident took place around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning when the deputy, who was working part-time for the Town of Broadway Police Department, stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation.
As the deputy was said to be approaching the vehicle, the driver immediately began shooting at the deputy with a handgun and fled the scene.
Due to being struck four times, the deputy was unable to pursuit the vehicle, but a Timberville Police Officer was nearby and was able to begin a pursuit of the 2001 BMW 4-door sedan.
The driver of the fleeing vehicle slowed down to let a passenger exit the vehicle but continued to flee.
Another deputy ultimately joined the chase a short time after.
Then, in the 8000 block of North Valley Pike, the driver the vehicle reportedly shot himself as we was travelling south. The vehicle proceeded to veer off the road and came to a stop in a grassy area.
Rescue personnel attempted to tend to the driver who, along with the injured deputy, were flown to UVA hospital where the driver was later pronounced dead.
The deputy is said to be recovering in serious, but stable condition, according to the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.
The Virginia State Police is leading the investigation and is being assisted by investigators from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.