Shooting suspect apprehended after chase that shut down I-64 for hours

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A suspect is in custody after a fatal shooting, vehicle theft and police chase through Henrico County overnight. 

It all started at around 10 p.m. on Sunday. Police responded to a shooting call at Brothers Market convenient store on East Nine Mile Road, near Hanover Road.

When officers arrived, they found a man, later identified as 33-year-old Stephen Powell, of Henrico, dead inside a vehicle.

8News spoke with a resident who heard the shooting from his apartment.

“It’s pretty close, I hear them pretty loud. I was just hanging out in my apartment,” Michael Campasini recalled. “It’s not the first time I’ve heard gunshots in the area, so I really didn’t think anything of it.”

About an hour later, police responded to a breaking and entering call nearby at Temp Power. When officers arrived, they saw a truck had been stolen. Police issued a “be on the lookout” call for that truck.

Officers eventually found the truck on Glenside Drive, where the pursuit then began.

At one point during the chase, police put a device on the road to flatten the tires of the stolen truck. The tactic eventually worked and the suspect crashed the truck when trying to make a U-turn on I-64 east near I-295.

The suspect then got out of the truck, fired at police and ran into the woods. Police did not fire back at the suspect.

The suspect was arrested around 3:45 a.m. on Monday.

Police later linked the shooting and vehicle theft together, and identified the suspect as 23-year-old Branden Dalay, of North Chesterfield. 

Dalay was charged with second-degree murder, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, burglary and grand larceny.

While the chase was happening, several businesses in the area were placed on lockdown.

A mechanic at Bowl America told 8News that customers and employees were not able to leave the bowling alley until around 2 a.m.

“It was more of an inconvenience to the customers and employees because they had to stay there and then the police had to walk the customers to their cars one-by-one,” Don Flaherty said.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and additional charges against the suspect are pending.

Stay with 8News for updates.

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