RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A man believed responsible for a series of robberies and the abduction of a convenience store clerk was killed today in a shootout with a policeman, who was wounded.
Shots also had been fired at another officer who confronted the man late Tuesday.
The crime spree began Tuesday with a break-in at a house in Campbell County, said Campbell County Sheriff’s Lt. Earl Jordan.
The man killed had not yet been positively identified, but Jordan said the man suspected in the initial break-in and the crime spree was Bradley Todd McCombie, 31, of Campbell County.
McCombie had been convicted of several felonies and was on probation, Lynchburg police Commander Eugene Wingfield said today. He would not specify the crimes but said ``there was nothing as serious as what he did last night.″
Later Tuesday, a Campbell County deputy spotted McCombie, driving away from a convenience store which had just been robbed, Jordan said.
The officer chased McCombie a short distance before the suspect turned in to a subdivision and ended up on a dead-end street.
McCombie leaped from his car and ran at the officer, wildly firing a .357-caliber revolver, and then managed to get away despite an extensive search, Jordan said. That officer was not hit, although bullets did strike his car.
Later, there was a robbery at a convenience store in Lynchburg, adjoining Campbell County, and the clerk was abducted and forced to drive McCombie the 140 miles to Richmond, Jordan said. The clerk was later released unharmed.
Early today, a Henrico County police officer chased the suspect in the county’s Short Pump area outside Richmond, said Henrico police Sgt. Bob Loving.
The man got out of his vehicle and shot the pursuing officer three times, before being shot himself by the wounded officer, Loving said.
The officer wounded today was listed in good condition at Medical College of Virginia Hospitals with a wound to the groin, officials said. His bulletproof vest deflected at least one shot.