STANLEY, Va. (AP/WFXR) — Authorities say a police officer in Virginia has been shot and killed by a driver during a traffic stop.
Stanley Police say 48-year-old officer Dominic Winum was fatally shot in the town Friday afternoon.
News outlets report 29-year-old Dakota Richards shot Winum before the officer could get out of his patrol vehicle.
Virginia State Police say Richards ran away but was later found hiding in a barn.
Richards reportedly made a “threatening movement” and was shot and killed by officers.
It’s unclear what led up to the traffic stop.
Winum had been with Stanley police since 2016. Before that, he was a Virginia state trooper.
Multiple law enforcement agencies have been paying tribute to Officer Winum online.