Virginia State Police is investigating a traffic pursuit and an officer-involved shooting on Falling Creek Road in Bedford County on April 22, according to a news release from Sgt. Rick Garletts.
Officers with the state police, Bedford Police Department and the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office were in pursuit of a 1998 Chrysler Sebring vehicle in the town of Bedford for several traffic violations, Garletts said.
The vehicle struck two state police cars and then crashed into a fence in the 3800 block of Falling Creek Road. The driver, identified as Daniel Ira Newman, 48, of Bedford, got out of the vehicle and pointed a firearm at the trooper, Garletts said.
The trooper fired his weapon and struck Newman, who was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries, Garletts said. No officers were injured in the incident.
The state police bureau of criminal investigation is investigating the shooting, Garletts said. The trooper has been placed on administrative leave until the investigation has been completed.
Charges are pending against Newman, Garletts said.