Police: State Police K9, possible murder suspect killed during I-95 pursuit

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — One suspect is dead, another person was wounded and a state police K9 was killed after a police pursuit on I-95 ended with an officer-involved shooting in rural Sussex County on Wednesday morning.


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Virginia State Police said the incident began at 8:18 a.m. when a vehicle traveling north on I-95 refused to pull over for a trooper. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Connecticut.

Someone inside the suspect vehicle began shooting at the trooper’s vehicle, state police said. Sporadic shooting by the suspect continued before they exited off the highway.

The chase ended after the suspect vehicle crashed near Loco School and Bell roads, after troopers positioned themselves to stop the stolen vehicle.

One of the suspects, a male, continued firing at state police and one of the bullets hit a K9 who was in the back seat. State police said the male suspect died after troopers engaged and shots were fired.

Virginia State Police identified the K9 as Vader, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois who had just gradated from Virginia State Police Narcotics Detection Training in December 2017.

A female passenger in the suspect vehicle was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. No troopers were injured in the incident.

The suspect fatally shot in Wednesday’s incident may be a murder suspect wanted out of Connecticut, according to authorities in New Haven. 

According to NBC Connecticut, Tramaine Marquese Poole is wanted by the New Haven Police Department for the first-degree murder of his wife on May 7.

Poole, 41, is also the suspect in the murder of a 28-year-old New Haven woman. The victim’s two young children, ages 6 and 11, were in the car with her when she was murdered.

NBC Connecticut reported Wednesday, citing a news release from New Haven police, that the man shot in the Sussex County incident “may be” Poole.

Virginia State Police have not identified the suspect killed.

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