WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) - Authorities investigating the reported self-inflicted death of a man who was running from Virginia police officers say they found drugs on his body, in addition to a loaded revolver and one spent shell casing.
The Virginia State Police filed a search warrant Wednesday in Frederick County Circuit Court seeking data from two cellphones also found on 20-year-old D’Londre Minifield’s body in Winchester on Sunday, The Winchester Star reported (https://bit.ly/1TUF3UC).
The warrant said Minifield shot himself once in the head while lying prone on the ground after having jumped over a fence. Minifield had run from police who were investigating reports of a fight between multiple people, authorities said.
The suspect did not respond to officers’ orders to “show his hands,” the warrant said.
“At one point, Minifield was looking to his right and was observed to produce a handgun in his right hand,” the warrant states. “He then immediately looked back away and the officers heard a gunshot and observed Minifield’s head to jerk.”
Minifield was found to be unresponsive by approaching officers. The medical examiner’s office hasn’t released his official cause of death.
In addition to the gun and spent casings, the warrant said drugs believed to be heroin, marijuana and crack cocaine were found on Minifield’s body.
Minifield’s death has sparked protests in the community.
Quay Pannell, 18, of Winchester said he was within 50 yards of the incident and saw an officer shoot Minifield.
“I saw a cop aiming a gun at (Minifield), and the gun went off,” Pannell said Monday. “D’Londre never would have done that,” Pannell said, referring to the reported self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Authorities say they never fired any weapons.
Information from: The Winchester Star, https://www.winchesterstar.com
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