HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Two people are dead in an apparent murder-suicide after a nine-hour standoff that occurred early Friday in Henrico County’s East End.
Both Andre Lamont Richardson, 36, of Henrico and Quanta Nashall Chandler, 33, of Henrico died from their injuries that occurred Friday morning.
Police said in a release that they believe that Richardson was the murderer, although they are still investigating the circumstances at this time.
The incident began after police say Richardson forced his way into a home in the 3100 block of Collins Road at around 3:15 a.m. As arriving officers approached the residence, shots were fired from within the home.
The Henrico Police Emergency Response Team and negotiators were deployed to assist in resolving the situation. At no time were any shots fired by police.
A woman who wished to remain anonymous told 8News her sister, Chandler, was being held hostage by her ex-boyfriend inside the home. Police confirmed in their release that Richardson and Chandler were acquainted, but did not say whether they had been in a relationship.
At roughly 12:10 p.m., officers entered the home and found two adults — one male and one female — suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Both were transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Chandler succumbed to her injuries later on Friday. Richardson died of his injuries Saturday.
The surrounding area was evacuated and school buses took alternate routes to avoid the area.
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