PERERSBURG, VA— The man Petersburg Police say shot at officers during a police chase and then fled the scene has been taken into police custody. He and three others now face attempted capital murder charges.
Andre Cordell Mason, 25, of Hopewell, was taken into custody Thursday when he appeared at the Prince George courthouse on charges unrelated to Wednesday night's chase and shooting.
The four men have been charged with attempted capital murder. The suspects are identified as:Chaz Jherron Brown, 22, of Hopewell Darius Deandre Harris, 18, of Hopewell Andre Cordell Mason, 25, of Hopewell Bennie Young, 41, of Petersburg
At approximately 11:47 p.m. Wednesday, officers stationed on South Crater Road heard shots fired. As they canvassed the area, officers received a call for a suspicious vehicle, a dark colored SUV in the Blackwater Driver area.
Minutes later, another call was received for shots fired in the area. Officers said they then noticed a vehicle matching the description of the one in the first call and pulled behind the SUV.
Police say the SUV slowed in the 100 block of South Crater Road and the occupants began firing at police.
When officers returned fire, the SUV fled onto Interstate 95 South. The SUV then exited onto Wagner Road West.
At the intersection of Wagner Road and Medical Park Boulevard, the SUV crossed the median and deliberately struck a police car, police said.
After the SUV stuck the police car and crashed, police say Mason, who was driving the vehicle, fled on foot.
A MAC-10, a semi-automatic assault style weapon was recovered from the SUV.
Cordell was taken into custody Thursday after appearing in Prince George on charges unrelated to Wednesday night's chase and shooting.
He was found guilty on drug charges in a Prince George County Circuit Court on Thursday. Cordell was sentenced to 10 years with all but six months suspended. He was sent to Riverside Regional Jail where officers notified Petersburg Police he was in custody.
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