Suspect hurt in Prince George County officer-involved shooting identified


Suspect facing 7 felony charges identified by police

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A 20-year-old Colonial Heights man is suffering from non-life-threatening injuries following an officer-involved shooting in Prince George County late Wednesday afternoon.

According to police, officers attempted to execute an arrest warrant in the area of Puddledock Road and Advantage Drive, near the Lowes and Medical Plaza, around 4 p.m. The suspect, later identified as Lorenzo Lee Tyler Jr., was wanted out of the city of Petersburg and was also the subject of an on-going investigation out of Prince George County.

Lorenzo Lee Tyler Jr.

Officers say the probe involved guns, drugs and a prior high-speed police chase.

“During the attempted apprehension, several Prince George police officers discharged their weapons at the suspect,” said Prince George County Police Chief Keith Early on scene.

Officers fired about five shots, police added.

“It is my understanding that a handgun was recovered from the suspect vehicle – the gray Dodge charger,” Early continued.

In a video of the incident shared with 8News, officers are seen approaching a vehicle that appears to be stuck on an embankment. Loud gunfire follows. A short time later, the video shows officers and paramedics administering first aid to the apprehended shooting victim, who appears to be conscious and alert.

His white shirt had been stained with blood.

With the assistance of paramedics and officers, the shooting victim is helped up and walks gingerly to an awaiting ambulance.

According to police, the victim was taken to Southside Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect sustained a single gunshot wound, according to officers.

Witnesses say the shooting victim was trying to elude police prior to the shooting.

No officers were injured. The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, per department policy.

“We did request Virginia State police conduct the investigation regarding the officer-involved shooting and they have agreed to do that,” Chief Early said. “We want an independent, unbiased, agency to come in and get to the proper conclusion regarding this incident.”

Around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, Virginia State Police released additional information, saying:

At approximately 4:05 p.m., Prince George County Police officers were conducting an investigative operation in a parking lot in the 2000 block of Waterside Road. The officers had positioned their vehicles around the Dodge Charger to effect an arrest, when the driver of the Dodge began ramming the police vehicles. The Dodge was able to push its way out and fled the parking lot. The Dodge came through an intersection, hit a stop sign, and then spun up an embankment. When officers pursued the vehicle on foot, the vehicle attempted to charge the officers. The officers fired at the vehicle, striking the windshield and the driver, a 20-year-old male from Colonial Heights, Va.

Statement from Virginia State Police

On June 18, Prince County police said a total of seven warrants were served to Tyler stemming from a June 9 investigation and the events that took place on June 17.

Tyler was served with three felony arrest warrants from the June 9 investigation, including possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and eluding police. He was served with two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon and eluding police after the officer-involved shooting on June 17.

He is expected to appear in Prince George County Court on Friday morning.


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