Man wanted for mallet attack kills self during traffic stop

Intersection of T.C. Walker and Main Street. March 7, 2016 (WAVY/Matt Gregory)

GLOUCESTER, Va. (WAVY) – The Gloucester Sheriff’s Office is investigating a domestic incident that ended with a man committing suicide Monday afternoon.

Investigators say the man was wanted for an earlier assault in the County. The Sheriff’s Office responded to a breaking and entering call around 8:45 a.m. and made contact with the victim of the assault. She told deputies her estranged husband entered the home and hit her multiple times in the head with a mallet. He left after the attack and she locked the back door. She says as she ran to the front door to lock it, she heard the suspect kick the back door and then fire several shots through the door. The victim was uninjured by the gunfire. She ran to a neighbor’s home where she called the Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect took off from the home in the victim’s vehicle and a county-wide search ensued.

At 11:45 a.m., deputies spotted the vehicle and tried to stop it. The driver continued on to the intersection of T.C. Walker and Main Street, where he stopped. Deputies approached the vehicle and discovered the man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Several roads were closed for hours because of the incident: Main Street from the Wal-Mart light to John Clay Memorial Highway and T.C. Walker from Main Street to Enfield Road.

According to Gloucester Schools, nearby Botetourt Elementary School was placed under a modified lockdown as a precaution; children were not allowed outside until it was lifted.

Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, which is not far from the scene, was under lockdown from about 10 a.m. until noon, spokesman Peter Glagola confirms. No one could get in or out without an escort. He said they did this to ensure the safety of a patient in the emergency room. Glagola would not confirm, though, if this was related to the assault case.

The Sheriff’s Office says it will not be releasing the names of anyone involved in the incident.

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