Police Report Suspect Killed During Armed Conflict With Officer
FARMVILLE – A 45-year old Prince Edward man was shot and killed during “armed conflict with the police” on late Tuesday afternoon, according to a press release issued by Farmville Police Chief Douglas E. Mooney.
“William A. Wingfield…45, of Forestview (Drive) in Prince Edward County was pronounced dead at the scene,” the police release states.
No officers or civilians were injured during the pursuit.
The Virginia State Police are investigating the police-involved shooting, according to Chief Mooney.
“Pursuant to standard Farmville Police policy, the officer is being placed on administrative leave from patrol duties until the completion of the investigation,” the press release states, and Chief Mooney told The Herald on Wednesday morning.
Farmville Police were dispatched to be “on the lookout for an armed man entering the town at 4:27 p.m. (on Tuesday),” according to the press release, which was authorized by Chief Mooney.
“The man had been involved in a domestic situation in recent weeks and was under a protective order that prohibited him to possess a firearm,” the police press release states.
According to the police, “the suspect vehicle, a green Dodge truck, was stopped by officers from the Farmville Police Department and Prince Edward County Sheriff's Department in the 1900 block of West Third Street. The suspect sped from the stop and fired a shot at the pursuing police officer,” the police department's press release states.
“The pursuit continued into Prince Edward County where the suspect stopped on Forestview Road near (the) Back Hampden Sydney Road. The suspect exited his vehicle armed with a handgun and shots were fired by a Farmville police officer and the suspect,” the police press release states.