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A Virginia police officer was shot and killed by a driver during a traffic stop before he could get out of his patrol vehicle.
Officer Dominic ‘Nick’ J. Winum, 48, had detained suspect Dakota Richards around 3:30 p.m. Friday when the 29-year-old got out of his car and opened fire.
Winum died instantly while Richard was on the run before officers found him hiding in a barn.
He made a “threatening move” and was shot and killed, according to the Virginia State Police. It was unclear what led to the traffic stop.
The fatal traffic stop scene in Stanley, a small town of around 1,689 people in central Virginia +6
The scene of the fatal traffic stop in Stanley, a small town of around 1,689 people in central Virginia
Richards’ body will be taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office, CBS19 reported.
Winum had been with the Stanley police since 2016. Before that, he was a state trooper.
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The local police department is now mourning Winum’s death.
“Since he joined our department in 2016, he has been proud to serve and protect the Stanley community,” Chief Ryan Dean said in a statement posted on Facebook.
“I know that the Stanley community and Page County keep Nick and his family in their prayers for him during this difficult and tragic time.”
Local people left tributes for the officer under the Facebook post.
Danielle Newcombe Horvath wrote: ‘Praying God has all of you, your family, friends and co-workers in His arms during this difficult time. We are all with you ‘.
Almost Lee Zirk said, ‘I am so sorry for this immense loss! Praying for the police department and the citizens of this sweet community! ‘
And Joyce Virginia Henderson added: ‘Prayers to all of you, my heart breaks for his family and friends Nick was a good man, a wonderful policeman and a kind person, he will be remembered as this and a hero in our community Prayers of comfort and understanding for this horrible tragedy. ‘
Dakota Richards Quicks And Facts
- Dominic ‘Nick’ J. Winum stopped suspect Dakota Richards around 3.30pm Friday
- Richards his left car and shot Winum dead before he could get out of his vehicle
- Suspect found hiding in barn and was shot after making ‘threatening movement’