Police: Passenger shot self after officers used taser on driver


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — As police struggled to subdue the driver of a car with a taser during a traffic stop on Wednesday, his passenger shot and killed herself, Chesapeake police say.

The information is the latest update in the investigation into the woman’s suicide, which happened near the intersection of Berkley Avenue and Wilson Road.

It’s unclear what led Chesapeake Police Department officers to stop the car, which was being driven by 27-year-old Holden Medlin.

Police spokesman Leo Kosinski said that officers stopped the car around 4:24 p.m. and approached Medlin, who then became “disorderly.”

Court documents state Medlin resisted arrest, leading officers to use a taser to subdue him. During that struggle, the woman shot and killed herself. Although police tried to save her life, the woman died at the scene.

The traffic stop was captured on a police worn body camera, but footage won’t be released to the public during the investigation. Police have identified the woman and her relationship to Medlin, but haven’t been able to contact her family.

Medlin is being held in the Chesapeake City Jail on “multiple drug charges,” obstruction with force, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a firearm with narcotics, Kosinski said.

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