Tuesday, April 9 2013 12:57 PM EDT2013-04-09 16:57:38 GMT
Richmond, VA--The man who died after stealing a police car and crashing it into a building Monday afternoon has been identified as 32-year-old Timothy R. Howerton of Richmond.Police say that just afterMore >>
The man who died after stealing and police car and crashing it into a building Monday afternoon has been identified as 32-year-old Timothy R. Howerton of Richmond...More >>
Richmond, VA-- One man is dead after authorities said he took a Richmond Police officer's car and crashed it head first into a building Monday afternoon.
Police officials said an officer approached a wanted suspect on Castlewood Road when the male suspect pulled a gun on the officer. The officer took cover behind his cruiser, and the suspect jumped into the vehicle and drove away.
Police officials said the suspect sped down Walmsley Boulevard and Jeff Davis Highway before crashing through a gate in front of a business. The car then slammed into a vacant warehouse, overturned and caught fire.
The suspect died at the scene.
Police have not yet released the suspect's name or on what charges he was wanted.
The officer was not injured during the incident.
The building is owned by Zeller+Gmelin Corporation, and confirmed to 8News that they moved their operations out of the building about a year and a half ago. It was empty at the time of the accident.
Witnesses said the car was going about 60 miles per hour when it struck the building.