Officer-Involved Shooting Suspect Identified

WRVA News
January 10, 2021 - 5:33 pm
Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting identified

Virginia State Police

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Richmond, VA _  Virginia State Police say the suspect killed in a trooper-involved shooting Saturday was from Charlottesville and that the shooting remains under investigation by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Richmond Field Office. 

The incident began Jan. 9, 2021 at 4:35 a.m. A Virginia State Police trooper was positioned on Interstate 64 at the 177 mile marker in Henrico County when the radar registered a westbound 2003 Mercedes Benz C230 traveling 98 mph in a posted 65 mph zone. When the trooper activated his emergency lights and siren, the Mercedes refused to stop and sped away in excess of 120 mph.

As the fleeing vehicle approached the 172 mile marker on I-64, it pulled onto the right shoulder and attempted to make a U-turn in the westbound lanes. Instead the Mercedes ran off the left side of the interstate, slid down the embankment and became stuck in the median.  

As two troopers approached the stuck Mercedes, they gave the driver repeated verbal commands to exit his vehicle and show his hands. The driver, Xzavier D. Hill, 18, of Charlottesville, Va., displayed a firearm and was subsequently shot. A handgun was recovered from inside the Mercedes.

The troopers immediately called for EMS to respond to the scene. Hill died at the scene.  His remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for autopsy and examination.

In accordance with state police policy, the two troopers involved in the incident will remain on administrative leave pending the investigation.  Neither trooper was injured.

The Goochland County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office was notified and responded to the scene reference the officer-involved shooting investigation, which remains ongoing. Once state police completes its investigation, the investigative findings will be turned over to the Commonwealth's Attorney for final review and adjudication.