Charlottesville Man Dies After Orange County Arrest

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An autopsy is being performed on a Charlottesville man who died following a chase in Orange County. Deputies identify the dead man as 34-year-old Gerard Cowherd.

The Sheriff's Office reports a deputy tried to stop Cowherd just before 5:00 Thursday evening along Black Level Road. Deputies eventually managed to stop the vehicle at Baker and Linney streets near Gordonsville.

Shortly afterward Cowherd told deputies he had swallowed an illegal drug. Cowherd was taken to Martha Jefferson Hospital where he later died.

Virginia State Police are now conducting an investigation.

Orange County Sheriff's Office Press Release

On Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm a deputy from the Orange County Sheriff's Office attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Black Level Rd in Orange County.   He was attempting to stop a 2002 Chevrolet SUV, when the subject driving, decided to elude law enforcement. 

A pursuit ensued which went from Black Level Rd., south to the Town of Gordonsville.  The subject then turned onto Gentry Dr. then to Cadmus Dr and left onto Baker St.  Law Enforcement was able to get the vehicle stopped at the intersection of Baker and Linney St. 

During the pursuit, Law Enforcement was able to witness the subject throwing items from the vehicle.  Once the stop was made the subject resisted arrest as deputies were trying to get him out of the vehicle. 

Once under arrest, the subject was placed in the back of the deputy's vehicle. Approx. 20 minutes after the stop was made the subject advised Law Enforcement that he had ingested illegal narcotics.  EMS was immediately called.

Soon thereafter the subject was identified as 34 year old, Gerard Cowherd of Charlottesville. 

The subject was then transported to Martha Jefferson Hospital where he later died. 

Autopsy was being conducted on Friday September 13, 2013. 

The Virginia State Police have been contacted and will be requested to investigate Mr. Cowherd's death.