Who is Dakota G. Richards? Biography, Wiki
According to Virginia State Police, Winum intercepted the suspect identified as the 29-year-old Dakota G. Richards from Stanley at Judy Lane’s 600 blocks. According to the police, before Winum got out of the patrol car, the driver got out of the car and opened fire. Winum died on the spot.
The town’s president said on his Facebook page that Officer Dominic “Nick” Winum, 48, died on duty. Stanley police said that a five-year-old veteran of the police was killed during a traffic stop in the town on Friday afternoon.
Dakota G. Richards Age
He is 29 years old.
Dakota G. Richards Suspect Arrest
The town’s chief said on his Facebook page that Officer Dominic “Nick” Winum, 48, died in the line of duty.
“Since joining our division in 2016, he has proudly served and protected the Stanley community,” Chief Ryan Dean said in a statement. “I know the Stanley and Page County community are keeping Nick and his family in their prayers at this most difficult and tragic time.”
The Page County Sheriff’s Office also posted a statement on its Facebook page: “We have no words. Please pray for the family of our martyred brother, the Stanley Police Department and our law enforcement family.”
The clash took place around 15:30.
According to the VSP, law enforcement responded to the scene and helped track down Richards, who fled into the nearby forest. He was later found hiding in a barn at 700 blocks of Marksville Road. Police made a threatening move on Richards there and was shot by Page County Deputies.
Several police departments across the Shenandoah Valley, including the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the scene.
Virginia State Police is leading the investigation. According to the VSP, Winum served as a soldier until 2016.
The shooting of an officer on Friday was the second incident in the Valley in four months.
In November, Rockingham County deputy sheriff Cpl. Patrick Tate, who works part-time for the Broadway Police Department, was shot four times during a traffic stop. He survived and continues to recover from his wounds.
News of Winum’s death devastated law enforcement agencies in the area.
We have no words. Please pray for the family of our fallen brother, the Stanley Police Department, and our law enforcement family.
“Since joining our department in 2016, he proudly served and protected the Stanley community,” Stanley police Chief Ryan Dean said in a statement obtained by the News-Record. “I know the Stanley and Page County community are keeping Nick and his family in their prayers during this most difficult and tragic time.”
“We have no words,” the Page County Sheriff’s Office added in a Facebook post. “Please pray for the family of our fallen brother, the Stanley Police Department, and our law enforcement family.”
Winum previously served with the Virginia State Police, the agency that is now leading the investigation into his death, according to the News-Record.
#VSP extends its prayers & condolences to the fellow officers & family of #Stanley, #Virginia Police Officer D.J. “Nick” Winum. #RIP His loss is shared by us, too, as Officer Winum graduated the #VSP 112th Basic Session in 2006 & served w/us as a Trooper until 2016. @VaPSHS pic.twitter.com/rv4E7JlfnE
— VA State Police (@VSPPIO) February 27, 2021
The area saw a previous shooting of a law enforcement officer in November, when Rockingham County sheriff’s deputy Cpl. Patrick Tate was shot during a traffic stop. Tate survived the shooting and continues to recover, the News-Record reported.
Virginia State Police told news outlets Richards ran away but was later found hiding in a barn. The suspect reportedly made a “threatening movement” and was shot and killed by officers.
It was unclear what led up to the traffic stop.
Winum had been with Stanley police since 2016, Dean stated. Before that, Virginia State Police said he had been a state trooper.