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Shots Fired During Police Chase In Henrico, Richmond

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William R. Hedgepeth, II William R. Hedgepeth, II

HENRICO, VA—Shots were fired during a police chase that spanned two counties Sunday morning.

Police responded to a medical call from the area of Richmond International Raceway around 9 a.m. Sunday.

When police arrived, they located the suspect, identified as William R. Hedgepeth, II, 25, of the 9300 block of Mooreland Road, in a vehicle near Forest Lawn Cemetery.

As officers attempted to stop the vehicle, Hedgepeth fled the scene and initiated a police pursuit near Laburnum Avenue, police said.

Hedgepeth led police on a pursuit through Richmond and Henrico County. The pursuit ended when the suspect's vehicle and a police car collided near Three Chopt Road and Patterson Avenue.

After the vehicles collided, police said shots were fired and Hedgepeth fled on foot. Officers pursued the suspect and detained him near Edmonstone Avenue.

Witnesses described the scene, and told 8News that a bullet whizzed by.

William R. Hedgepth II was charged with felony eluding. Hedgepth suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the arm and was taken to VCU Medical Center, police said.

The officer involved in the incident was placed on administrative leave, which police said was police policy.

An investigation into the Sunday incident is ongoing.

In July 2008, Hedgepeth pleaded guilty to charges of possession of a sawed-off shotgun, possession of explosive materials and/or devices and possession of drug paraphernalia.     

He was sentenced to a five year suspended sentence, supervised probation and a $500 fine.

Police began the 2008 investigation into Hegdepeth after his Henrico neighbors reported hearing explosions in his backyard.


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