(Updated at 6:10 p.m.) A woman who was allegedly abducted in New York died last night (Wednesday) after a police chase that started on I-95 in Springfield ended in gunfire near Quantico.
According to Virginia State Police, at 9:40 p.m., one of its troopers attempted to stop a Jeep Cherokee traveling south on I-95 near the Backlick Road exit for having the wrong license plates on display.
“When the trooper activated his lights and sirens, the Jeep pulled to the shoulder of I-95 near Exit 167 in Fairfax County,” police said. “The trooper made contact with the driver and returned to his patrol car.”
While checking the driver’s identity, the trooper learned that the driver — a 34-year-old adult man from North Chesterfield — was wanted in New York for allegedly abducting a woman — now identified as Tatiana David, 34, of Ithaca — earlier that day.
— VA State Police (@VSPPIO) April 6, 2023
As the trooper returned to the Jeep to investigate, the vehicle “pulled away at a high rate of speed,” prompting a pursuit that extended into Prince William County, police said.
The fleeing vehicle initially crashed near the 152 mile marker, when it struck the guardrail, but kept going south on I-95. State police vehicles positioned around the Jeep to contain it and bring it to a stop. Near Exit 148 in Prince William County, the Jeep ran off the right side of the road and crashed into the woods. As troopers approached the SUV, the driver began shooting at them. State police returned fire.
During the shootout, the driver and David, a passenger in the Jeep, were both injured. The driver was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital with injuries considered life-threatening, while David died at the scene.
“Her remains have been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Manassas for examination and autopsy,” VSP said.
New video: It shows the high speed #chase from Newington to Quantico leading to the I-95 shootout where scores of shots were fired. It shows the driver repeatedly eluding #police as they tried to box it in & stop it. https://t.co/RCx0ypLPaF@SafetyVid @ffxnow @anobleDC
— Dave Statter (@STATter911) April 6, 2023
None of the police involved in the pursuit, including Fairfax County police officers who assisted, were injured. Also not injured were the Fairfax County Police Department helicopter and K9 officers called to assist.
“Per policy, that officer has been placed on modified restricted duty,” the FCPD said.
All the state troopers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave while the incident is under investigation, the VSP said.
According to police, a firearm was found in the Jeep.
“State police is working with New York authorities in regards to the abduction investigation,” the VSP said. “Charges are pending.”
Southbound I-95 was closed to traffic in the Quantico area for the police investigation. As of 8:20 a.m., just two lanes had reopened, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation, which advised drivers to find an alternate route.
— VDOT Northern VA (@VaDOTNOVA) April 6, 2023
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