NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A Newport News police officer was killed in the line of duty after she was dragged by a car during a traffic stop Thursday evening.
Police say the incident happened shortly before 7 p.m. in the 1400 block of 16th Street.
The officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle and approached the car. At some point during the encounter with the driver, the driver pressed on the accelerator and the car took off.
The officer was dragged with the car before the vehicle crashed in the area of 16th Street and Walnut Avenue.
The driver was taken into custody after the crash and the officer was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
She succumbed to her injuries there and died.
Chief Steve Drew will be holding a press conference Friday morning at 10 a.m. on the incident at Newport News Police Headquarters.
Drew was at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital after the incident happened, but it’s unknown if that was the hospital where the officer was taken to receive treatment.
Several police divisions and cities extended their condolences to the officer, her family and the Newport News Police Department:
#VSP extends its sincere condolences & prayers to the @NewportNewsPD during this most difficult time. #NeverForget #RIP #ServiceandSacrifice https://twitter.com/NewportNewsPD/status/1220532076816097282 …Newport News Police✔@NewportNewsPDUPDATE: Officer Injured During Traffic Stophttps://link.medium.com/OXIBKe0Wu3 136:42 PM – Jan 23, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacySee VA State Police’s other Tweets
The brave and grieving NNPD officers are in our thoughts tonight. https://twitter.com/newportnewspd/status/1220532076816097282 …Newport News Police✔@NewportNewsPDUPDATE: Officer Injured During Traffic Stophttps://link.medium.com/OXIBKe0Wu3 167:13 PM – Jan 23, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacySee Christopher Newport’s other Tweets
Our thoughts and prayers are with our Newport News Police family tonight as we mourn the devastating loss of one of our own.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a Newport News Police Officer who was tragically killed in the line of duty tonight. We send our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the brave officer and the men and women of the Newport News Police Department.
No other details are available at this time, including what, if any, charges are pending for the driver.