Police: Richmond man accused of shooting Chesterfield officer in the leg arrested

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities have arrested a 33-year-old Richmond man suspected of shooting a Chesterfield County police officer in the leg during a traffic stop on Wednesday.

Chesterfield police responded to the 5400 block of Remuda Drive at around 8:45 p.m. on May 27 for reports of a shooting in the area. According to police, officers patrolling the area “observed a suspicious vehicle on Cogbill Road and initiated a traffic stop.”

The vehicle stopped near the Treetop Apartments and Castlewood Road. Police said once officers approached, a passenger exited the vehicle and fired multiple rounds at the officers before running from the area.

One officer, who was not identified, was shot in the leg and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver remained in the vehicle and was later taken into custody. A search for the shooting suspect, identified as Lynell Alexander Jr., ensued through the night.

Warrants for attempted capital murder, malicious wounding, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon were obtained for Alexander, police said.

Alexander, a 33-year-old from Richmond, was arrested in Richmond on Thursday with the help of Richmond police and U.S. Marshals.

Police said the victim in the initial shooting was eventually located at a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police continue to investigate this incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact Chesterfield Police immediately at 804-748-1251.

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