Chief: Homicide suspect died following exchange of gunfire with police

Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Police say a homicide suspect who fired shots at police in Newport News over the weekend died from his injuries.

Newport News police said officers responded to a shooting in the 10 block of Ottis Street just after 3:30 p.m. Saturday and found 34-year-old Chondra Eason had been shot multiple times.

Eason was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said witnesses provided officers with a description of the suspect — 34-year-old Jerome Michael Uzzle — and a vehicle he used to flee the scene.

Police Chief Steve Drew said in a news conference Monday officers found the vehicle at an apartment complex off Madison Avenue — which was Uzzle’s last known address — and setup a perimeter.

Uzzle exited a different home and fired multiple rounds inside an officer’s vehicle in what Drew described as an ambush-style shooting. An officer and a civilian who was riding along were struck by the gunfire.

The officer inside the vehicle was able to return fire. Another officer on scene responded to the gunfire, pulled out their gun and gave commands to the suspect before firing shots, Drew said.

Drew said the suspect died from his injuries around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. The officer and the civilian shot are in stable condition and are expected to recover.

The department held two separate C.A.R.E. (Community Awareness, Reconnection & Education) walks Monday. The first was scheduled for 3 p.m. on Ottis Street near Chismer Lane, while the second was at 4:15 p.m. in the Cottage Grove Apartment Community.

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