Chesterfield man found fatally shot inside vehicle

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Police are investigating the death of a 79-year-old Chesterfield man who was found fatally shot in a vehicle Tuesday on Providence Creek Road.

Authorities responded to the Chesterfield neighborhood at around 6:30 a.m. for reports of a single-vehicle crash. When officers arrived, they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound inside the vehicle, police said.

The victim, identified by police as Franklin L. Farrens, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Charlene Gilliam, a nearby resident, told 8News that her doorbell camera showed a car hit a mailbox and a person fleeing from the scene. A viewer also told 8News she could not get out of her neighborhood due to the investigation.

“This morning we got a phone call from our neighbor and she’s like, ‘You don’t see what’s going on outside?” Gilliam said. “I looked out the window and the whole street was blocked off. So, it was just a scary scene. I woke my parents up and we all came outside and it was just chaos.”

At 4:10 a.m., Gilliam’s Ring doorbell camera captured the moment when the vehicle Farrens was in rolled down Providence Creek Road and struck her family’s mailbox and a car across the street.

“We just saw the car hit the mailbox, hit our mailbox actually, and then veer off to the left and hit the car across the street,” Gilliam told 8News while referencing the video.

“Everybody’s a little shaken up. Nothing like this happens in this neighborhood. It’s a very quiet neighborhood so it’s weird that this would happen,” she continued. “I think it’s crazy and I think it’s even more crazy that it was in front of our house. Yeah, so it’s been a hectic morning.”

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