Bragg soldier killed in gunfight with Virginia police
Posted December 19, 2011
Hopewell, Va. — A Fort Bragg soldier died Saturday after exchanging gunfire with police in Virginia during a traffic stop, authorities said Monday.
Hopewell deputies stopped a speeding 2000 Nissan Altima on southbound Interstate 295 at about 10:10 a.m., but the driver sped away, prompting a brief pursuit, authorities said. After about 2 miles, the driver stopped, jumped out of the car and confronted two deputies.
The man, identified as Army Pfc. Robert L. Henderson III, 21, fired upon the deputies, who then returned fire, wounding him, authorities said.
Henderson was flown to VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Va., where he died.
One deputy suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The second deputy was not injured.
The Virginia State Police were called in to investigate the shooting.
Henderson, of Reisterstown, Md., was a supply clerk with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, according to Fort Bragg officials.