Suspect dies after officer-involved shooting in Henrico’s West End

Henrico County

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A man has died after he was shot by a Henrico Police officer after police say he stabbed a woman several times inside a West End home Thursday night.

Officers from Henrico and Richmond responded to the home in the 2300 block of Strangford Court near Glen Eagles Drive to serve an outstanding warrant for carjacking around 8:50 p.m.

When they arrived on scene, they reportedly saw the wanted man– who has been identified as 31-year-old Ajay Kamil Ayseli — in the driveway, and he ran inside the home. Officers say they saw the man attacking a woman. That’s when the officer opened fire, striking the man.

Ayseli was taken to VCU Medical Center with critical injuries, where he later died. The woman was transported to Henrico Doctor’s Hospital with serious injuries from multiple stab wounds.

A neighbor who has lived on Strangford Court for more than 20 years, Bill Anderson, told 8News he knew the woman who lived at the home and that she had two kids.

“I hope she’s okay,” Anderson said. “She’s a good neighbor. She keeps to herself, she has two little children but she’s a nice person.”

Anderson believes the woman and Ayseli were dating.

“The police have been to that house in the past, but last night, of course, the shooting and the screaming, was something completely different,” Anderson said.

Henrico Police say there was a 3-year-old inside the home at the time, but the child was not hurt. The child is currently with family in the Richmond area.

“I went to the door and looked out and police officers with their guns drawn were right next door going up the steps and yelling,” said Anderson. Then, he said he heard police say, “Come out! Come out!” followed by multiple gunshots inside the home. He says police then “came tumbling out of the house.”

Police say Ayseli was being served an arrest warrant for a carjacking that happening on Feb. 25 in Richmond. Richmond Police say officers responded to Labrook Concourse just after 6 p.m. that day after a woman reported a stolen vehicle. The woman identified the suspect as Ajay Ayseli.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved in this traumatic event. This incident underscores the difficult decisions law enforcement officers are faced with on a daily basis. Sworn to serve and protect, our officers are trained to use deadly force as an absolute last resort. However, initial details in this incident suggest the actions of the officers saved the life of the female victim being violently attacked – had they not acted more swiftly, more lives may have been tragically lost. I continue to have complete faith in the men and women sworn to protect our community and have every confidence in the teams tasked with objectively investigating this incident. Please be mindful we are in the very early stages of this investigation and will provide updates as we gather the facts.”

Chief Humberto Cardounel Jr., Henrico Police Department

Henrico Police said the officer was not injured and has been placed on administrative leave. Police are not identifying the female victim or the officer, as is their policy.

This is a developing story. Stay with us for updates.


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