- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - The state medical examiner’s office has determined that a man shot by a Fredericksburg police officer died of a single gunshot wound to the leg.

Virginia State Police announced the finding Thursday, two days after 33-year-old Travis J. Blair’s death.

According to police, Officer Christopher Brossner recognized Blair as a suspect wanted for skipping a court hearing on a drug possession charge. Brossner stopped Blair’s car, but Blair refused to obey commands and drove away, dragging the officer about 600 feet before crashing into a ditch. After a foot pursuit, the men got into an altercation and Brossner’s gun discharged. The officer was not injured.

Blair was white. Police have not disclosed Brossner’s race.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave while state police investigate.


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