PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia State Police’s investigation of the fatal officer-involved shooting in Hopewell on Wednesday remains active after the body of the suspect’s wife was found in the woods near the couple’s Pennsylvania home.
According to Virginia State Police, on June 1, around 12:30 p.m., officers were involved in a slow-speed chase with 42-year-old Derrick G. Avey of Newburg, Pa., who was driving a 2016 Ford Explorer heading north on Temple Avenue and River Road in Prince George County. As Avey approached River Road in his SUV, he encountered several City of Hopewell Police vehicles positioned to contain his vehicle and end the pursuit.
Police said Avey “pulled up nose-to-nose with the police vehicles” and confronted officers with a firearm. Hopewell police and an ATF Special Agent who was present discharged their weapons. Avey died at the scene. No officers were injured during the course of the shooting.
Avey’s body was transported to the medical examiner’s office in Richmond for an autopsy. While in the process of notifying Avey’s next of kin in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Police was not able to make contact with anyone at the home – located at the 8900 block of McClays Mill Road – and learned the female resident had not been seen or heard from in several days.
Due to the “suspicious circumstances,” Pennsylvania State Police said officers decided to search the property, and found the body of the female resident in question, Derrick Avey’s wife, 41-year-old Kyline C. Avey, of Newburg, in a wooded area to the rear of the property.
Kyline Avey was found with multiple gunshot wounds, and Pennsylvania State Police said a homicide investigation is underway. The current investigation work has identified Derrick Avey to be the suspect in his wife’s homicide investigation.
The autopsy for Kyline Avey is scheduled for June 3.