STANLEY, VA (AP) – A police officer in the city of Virginia was shot and killed by a driver while stopping before he could get out of his patrol vehicle, authorities said.
Dominic Nick Nick, 48, J. Winum, was fatally shot dead in the city on Friday afternoon, a statement from Stanley Police Chief Ryan Dean said.
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News reported that Vinum was shot dead by 29-year-old Dakota G. Richards before he was able to get out of his patrol vehicle. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Virginia State Police say Richards escaped but was later found hiding in a barn.
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The suspect reportedly made a “threatening move” and was shot and killed by officers.
It was not clear what caused the traffic to stop.
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Winham has been with Stanley Police since 2016, Dean said. Earlier, Virginia State Police said he was a regular soldier.