ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—What was
supposed to be a routine traffic stop turned into a deadly pursuit Thursday
At 4:49 p.m. on Sept. 12, an
Orange County Sheriff's Office deputy attempted to stop a 2002 Chevrolet SUV on
Black Level Road. When the driver refused to pull over, a southbound pursuit
led the suspect and deputy to the Town of Gordonsville.
Law enforcement witnessed the
suspect throwing items from his car, and managed to stop the vehicle at the
intersection of Baker and Linney streets. The suspect resisted arrest, but was
eventually placed in the back of the deputy's vehicle.
About 20 minutes after the stop
was made, the suspect, 34-year-old Gerard Cowherd of Charlottesville, advised
law enforcement that he had ingested illegal narcotics. EMS was contacted
immediately and Cowherd was rushed to Martha Jefferson Hospital, where he died.
An autopsy is being conducted on
Friday, Sept. 13. Stay with 8News for updates.