STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — The man who shot at officers on Interstate 95 Thursday afternoon and later died at the hospital after crashing his SUV during the chase has been identified as Gregory Lee.
Before leading authorities on the pursuit on I-95, authorities say Lee fatally shot his wife, 36-year-old Melissa Dee Lee.
WJLA also reports that Gregory Lee was a registered sex offender who was convicted of attempted rape in 1999.
The incident started at around 11:30 a.m. when police were told to be on the lookout for a man traveling in an SUV who was being searched for as part of a murder investigation. Earlier that morning, Stafford County Sheriff Office officials say Lee shot and killed his wife on Newcastle Place, before leaving the scene and heading onto I-95. The couple is said to have children together, ABC7’s Scott Taylor reports.
When a state trooper and a Stafford County Deputy spotted the SUV on I-95, they tried to pull Lee over for a traffic stop, but when they did that Lee allegedly pulled onto the shoulder, got out of his car and started shooting at them. State police officials say one of the bullets hit the windshield of the trooper’s car and struck his headrest.
According to officials, Lee then got back into his car, kept driving and then crashed, overturning in his car, near mile marker 142.
Officials later said that Lee died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police say the officers were not injured in the incident.
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