Newport News Reveals Details In Officer Death

Officer Dragged During Traffic Stop

AP News
January 24, 2020 - 2:24 pm

Newport News, Va. (AP) - Police say a man has been charged in Newport News with felony homicide after a 24-year-old police officer was fatally dragged by a vehicle during a traffic stop. Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said Friday during an emotional news conference that Katie Thyne was one of two officers standing by the vehicle.

It drove a block before slamming into a tree Thursday evening. Drew said the driver was Vernon Green II. He said Green's vehicle was pulled over because of a drug complaint. Drew said Thyne was a hero and a U.S. Navy veteran who left behind a 2-year-old daughter and a loving partner.

A passenger in the car was also charged.  Drew is a former deputy police chief in Richmond.