Person of interest in ‘suspicious death’ of Fredericksburg woman kills himself after police pursuit

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — An investigation is underway in Fredericksburg as authorities look into the “suspicious death” of a 44-year-old woman found in an apartment on Thursday morning. 

At 10 a.m., police received a call for assistance at the Crestview Apartment complex in the 100 block of Golden Leaf Court. When officers arrived, they discovered the body of Karen Woodall, police said.   

Investigators were trying to locate a person of interest, identified as Barry Nelson Sullivan, in the case. 

Sullivan, a 45-year-old Fredericksburg resident, was last seen in Louisa County driving a black 2003 Honda Civic with the license plate UVN-771. 

Detectives from the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office located Sullivan’s vehicle on Louisa Road on Friday afternoon. The driver of the vehicle sped off after authorities tried to perform a traffic stop. 

The vehicle came to a stop in the county of Albemarle after traveling seven miles, the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office said. Once the vehicle came to a stop, officers attempted to give the driver commands that he did not respond to. 

Authorities then found the driver with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Louisa Sheriff’s Office said. 

The driver, who was later identified as Sullivan, was pronounced dead at the scene.  

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