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State trooper, suspect shot on I-95
BY PORTSIA SMITH
The Virginia State Police continue to investigate a double shooting involving a trooper that occurred along Interstate 95 just south of Thornburg yesterday afternoon.
A state trooper and an unidentified man were shot in Caroline County just hours after an unrelated double fatal shooting involving a campus police officer at Virginia Tech yesterday.
According to state police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Molnar, the agency received a report about a pedestrian walking on the southbound side of the interstate about 3:24 p.m. He said it is illegal to be a pedestrian on the interstate.
Senior Trooper Michael H. Hamer responded and located the man at the 116-mile marker, Molnar said.
After the man was placed in the patrol vehicle, Molnar said, a struggle ensued and shots were fired, injuring both men.
Hamer was transported by ambulance to Mary Washington Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was shot in the leg, Molnar said.
The pedestrian was flown to Mary Washington Hospital with life-threatening injuries, Molnar said.
The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Shoot Team is investigating the incident.
Hamer is assigned to the Culpeper Division’s Area 5 office, which encompasses Spotsylvania and Stafford counties.
All southbound lanes of I-95 near the 116-mile marker were shut down for several hours yesterday afternoon, creating huge traffic jams.
The Caroline and Spotsylvania county sheriff’s offices assisted state police at the scene yesterday.
Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419