19-year-old found dead after firing at Colonial Heights police officers

The Tri-Cities

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia State Police and Colonial Heights Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened early this morning.

Colonial Heights officers responded around 2:30 a.m. to Clearfield Circle to investigate someone trying to break into cars. When they got to the scene they found a suspicious vehicle. When searching the area a suspect got into the car and tried to leave.

Officers pulled over that car on Dunlop Farms Boulevard. Police say the driver, later identified as 19-year-old Zyon Romeir Wyche, got out of the car and fired multiple rounds. A Colonial Heights officer returned fire, and the suspect ran away.

Wyche, who according to state police is from Hopewell, was then found dead behind a home on Greenmeadow Court. 8News has reached out to Colonial Heights police to find out if the suspect was hit by the officer’s bullet or died another way. Colonial Heights Police Sgt. Renee Walters did not share if the suspect died from a gunshot wound.

The officer who shot back at the suspect is on administrative leave until the investigation is over. Wyche’s remain will be examined and an autopsy will be performed by the medical examiner, Virginia State Police said Thursday.

An investigation from state police is underway. Once the investigation is finished, the findings will be shared with the commonwealth’s attorney for final review and adjudication.

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