Richmond, VA - A Virginia State Trooper was shot Friday night and is fighting for his life. The suspect is still on the loose.
According to Richmond.com, the incident occurred shortly after 7:30 PM in the 1900 block of Redd Street. The trooper was assisting in "a Fugitive and Firearms Initiative", an operation designed to get illegal guns off the street, and locate wanted suspects.
The trooper contacted a vehicle parked on the wrong side of the road, and the passenger in the vehicle shot the trooper and fled on foot. The driver remained on scene and was detained.
“It was not an actual traffic stop. They just approached the vehicle," State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. "They were just having a conversation with the individuals when the state police special agent was shot.”
The trooper was rushed to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, where he is reported to be in surgery. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said that he is "fighting for his life," according to NBC 12.
The trooper has been unofficially identified, but VSP says that his family have still not all been advised and refused to confirm his identity.
Police in tactical gear and carrying rifles have closed all entrances to Mosby Court, which leads into the public housing development where Redd Street is located. The neighborhood has gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous in the city, and it's where six of the city's 20 homicides so far this year have occurred.
The suspect is described as a black male, 5'8 and 5'10, medium build in his mid-20s with close-cut hair. At the time of the incident, he wore a red plaid button-down shirt with 3/4 sleeves and tan cargo shorts or pants. After the incident, he fled the area on foot, and a massive manhunt is underway to locate him.
The Richmond Police Department and the Virginia State Police are in charge of the investigation.
Residents in the area have been evacuated from their homes.
Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured trooper and all of the law enforcement officers hunting the shooter.
UPDATE: Shooter in custody. The hero succumbed to his injuries.
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