A Stanardsville teenager is dead after a chase with police ended in gunfire on Route 20 in Albemarle County. There are new details about how this tragic situation unfolded.
18-year-old Colby Eppard led police on a twisted chase through three counties by car and foot Friday afternoon, all the while taunting police by using their own car radio.
"That is if y'all try to kill me because that's the only way I'm giving this f****** car back."
"You underestimated a true hunter. I stalk my f****** prey, I stalk them. Sit there, I watched your little fat a**** run up through the woods and look around and you didn't even notice that I was gone with your car. That's how a real hunter does it."
Albemarle, Greene, and Virginia State Police officers were in pursuit of Eppard. Police say it started when they tried to stop Eppard for unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Eppard managed to escape on foot, circle back around and steal a running Greene County sheriff's deputy's car. Spike strips were used to stop the car on Route 20 in Albemarle, and then things turned deadly.
Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says police fired back in self-defense. "When the suspect crashed the vehicle he got out and started firing at police that had stopped behind him in the course of the pursuit and, obviously firing at police, they returned fire."
Police aren't confirming who fired the deadly shots but all of the officers involved are now on administrative leave.
Geller said, "They're put on administrative leave and that's for their welfare as well, they've been through a traumatic situation as well, they need the time off, and we have an ongoing investigation."
State and Albemarle County police know this deadly shooting could have claimed more lives. Their focus now is on why one teenager opened fire in the first place.
The portion of Route 20 near Red Hill Road where the shoot-out happened is still closed as of Friday night, and traffic is being redirected towards the Walton Middle School.
State and Albemarle County police say their investigation could take days.