VSP trooper shot during pursuit in Henrico; woman in custody

HENRICO Co., Va. (WRIC) — A Virginia State Police trooper is recovering at the hospital after being shot Tuesday night during a pursuit.

The pursuit suspect, Karisa Shyanne Daniels, 23, of Durham, N.C., is charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Additional charges are pending.

Authorities say that at 11:35 p.m., Senior Trooper C.A. Putnam initiated a traffic stop on a Toyota Corolla traveling north on Chippenham Parkway for speeding. When the trooper activated his emergency lights, the Toyota pulled over. But as the trooper approached the Toyota, it sped away and a pursuit began.

The pursuit continued north on Chippenham Parkway and then onto Parham Road, state police said. The Toyota then turned onto September Drive and into a neighborhood. When the Toyota encountered a dead end, it began to turn around in the cul-de-sac in Lakeway Court. The trooper pulled his patrol car in front of the Toyota to stop it.

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According to state police, the Toyota did stop and the driver, Karisa Daniels, got out on foot. As Trooper Putnam approached Daniels, she shot at him, striking him in the arm, state police said. She then ran on foot through the backyard of a nearby residence.

Around midnight, a second trooper located Daniels and commanded her to drop the weapon, state police said. She complied and was taken into custody without further incident.

Henrico County Police immediately responded to the scene and Trooper Putnam, who had been wearing a ballistic vest, was transported to VCU Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries where he remains Wednesday afternoon.

State police said no troopers discharged their weapons during the incident.

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