Driver opens fire on authorities, crashes on I-95 in Stafford County

This traffic camera image from Dec. 28, 2017 shows motorsits stopped on the northbound side of Interstate 95, near mile marker 142. Virginia State Police say a suspec fired at law enforcement officers during a traffic stop, and then crashed near that mile marker. (Credit: VDOT 511).

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. (NBC) — Northbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Stafford County were shut down Thursday afternoon after a suspect fatally shot a woman and later fired on law enforcement officers on the highway, sheriff’s officials say.

Stafford County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a shooting at 11:24 a.m. in the area of Heron Drive and found a woman with three gunshot wounds to the chest, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Amanda Vicinanzo said.

Deputies put out a call for the gunman, who they said had driven away in a black SUV. Virginia State Police say a state trooper and a Stafford County sheriff’s deputy stopped an SUV in the northbound lanes of I-95 near the 138 marker in connection with the shooting. The driver got out of the SUV and began firing at the trooper and deputy, striking the trooper’s windshield, state police said.

The driver then got back into the SUV and fled northbound on I-95, where he crashed and overturned near the 142 marker. He suffered what state police described as serious injuries and was flown to Fairfax Inova Hospital for treatment.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the first shooting. Her name was not released because her family had not been notified of her death.

No law enforcement officers were injured. State police say the trooper and deputy did not fire their guns during the shooting.

Northbound lanes were closed at Exit 140 during the investigation.