A man was killed and a woman was wounded after a police pursuit on I-95 ended with an officer-involved shooting in rural Sussex County Wednesday morning.
The man who was killed is believed to be an out-of-state murder suspect wanted for killing two women in New Haven, Connecticut.
A 2-year-old State Police K-9 was also killed during the pursuit.
Authorities say the incident began at 8:18 a.m. when a trooper attempted to stop a reported stolen vehicle that was traveling northbound on I-95.
As multiple troopers engaged in the pursuit, police say a suspect began firing from the vehicle. One of the suspect’s bullets pierced a K-9 trooper’s back passenger window and struck 2-year-old narcotics K9 ‘Vader’ state police canine that was riding in the back seat.
Authorities later said Vader, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois that graduated from Virginia State Police Narcotics Detection Training in December 2017, did not survive his injuries.
The pursuit continued on I-95 north before the suspect vehicle took Exit 24. The chase later ended after the suspect vehicle crashed near Loco School and Bell roads in Sussex County.
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At that point, state troopers approached the vehicle and shots were exchanged between police and the male suspect who was struck and died at the scene.
A female passenger was also transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. She was treated and released from the hospital.
No troopers were injured during the course of the incident.
The man who was fatally shot is believed to be a 41-year-old murder suspect out of Connecticut, according to authorities in New Haven.
Tremaine Marquese Poole is wanted by the New Haven Police Department for the first-degree shooting assault of his wife on May 7.
Poole is also the suspect in the murder of a 28-year-old New Haven woman. The victim’s two young children, ages 6 and 11, were in the car with her when she was murdered.
When asked if Poole was killed Wednesday morning in Sussex County, New Haven Police Chief Anthony Cambell told 8News sister station WTNH, “I’m confident it’s him.”
8News has a crew at the scene. Check back for updates.