VSP trooper, RPD officer injured during pursuit; 2 in custody

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Virginia State Police trooper and a Richmond Police officer were both injured during a pursuit of a suspect Wednesday evening.

Police sources tell 8News that the officer and a Virginia State Police trooper were patrolling together as part of the Fugitives and Firearms Initiative when they noticed a car blocking the flow of traffic on Terminal Avenue. When they approached the vehicle, it sped off and struck the trooper’s patrol car.

Following a brief pursuit on Hull Street Road, the suspect’s vehicle collided with the trooper’s patrol car in front of Southwood Aparments.

The two suspects inside the vehicle were not injured and taken into custody.

“They both sort of apologized for what they did, they just didn’t want to be arrested,” Deputy Chief Steve Drew with the Richmond Police Department explained.

The trooper and the officer were taken to Retreat Doctors’ Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The RPD officer suffered a broken wrist, according to police sources.

“Both individuals have felony warrants on file, so we believe that’s the reason they were fleeing,” Deputy Chief Drew added. “We have not searched the vehicle as thoroughly as we will.”

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