Henrico police chief says woman killed in officer-involved shooting was ‘wielding and swinging an ax’

Henrico County

Medical examiner: Woman was shot in the stomach, manner of death is homicide

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico Police say a woman wounded as the result of an officer-involved shooting in the West End neighborhood Tuesday morning has died.

HPD said they responded to a call for service in the 2900 block of Huntwick Court, off Pump Road, around 10:30 a.m. Police identified the victim as identified as 57-year-old Gay Ellen Plack.

The medical examiner’s office confirmed to 8News Thursday that Plack was shot in the abdomen and the manner of death was homicide.

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“Henrico Police has activated its officer involved investigations team. No additional details are available at this time.” — Henrico Police

Lt. Matthew Pecka on Sept. 17

Henrico Chief of Police H. I. Cardounel Jr. spoke about the incident in a video released Thursday on YouTube. In the video, Cardounel says two officers entered a home in the neighborhood for a welfare check. He said that the officers did not initially find anyone in the house.

The officers, according to Cardounel, eventually found a locked room in the house.

“After several attempts, after announcing their presence, after calling out her name and getting no response, a decision was made to force entry to what was later determined to be a bedroom,” the police chief said in the video. “To, again, to verify there was no one in house in distress.”

Cardounel says the two officers get access to the locked bedroom and one of them enter the bathroom while the other checks around the bed. He then claims that Plack confronted the officer who entered the bathroom while “wielding and swinging an ax.”

The officer was able to get out of the bathroom unharmed, according to Cardounel, but Plack then comes out of the bathroom and charges the other officer in the bedroom “swinging an ax.”

“The officer at that point literally had less than four seconds to make a decision,” Cardounel says in the video. “Made several attempts, pleaded for her to stop.” After Plank refused to stop, according to Cardounel, the officer used deadly force.

“The officer had to make the most difficult decision in his life, in his career, which was to use deadly force,” Cardounel said.

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