POQUOSON, Va. (WAVY) - Virginia State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened during a pursuit in the City of Poquoson Tuesday evening.
According to Corinne Geller with VSP, a pursuit ensued around 5:40 p.m. when a 1995 Oldsmobile sedan refused to stop for a Poquoson police officer on Wythe Creek Road near Lauren Drive. The officer was attempting the stop because of reckless driving.
Geller said the pursuit went into York County and then back into Poquoson city limits where the driver reached the dead end of River Road. The vehicle came to a stop in a lot that was under construction, and when officers approached the Oldsmobile on foot, it sped in the direction of the officers, who fired into the car.
Karen Krieger lives on River Road and heard the commotion.
"At first I wasn't really alarmed. And it got loud and we could tell they were coming toward us. I was halfway up to the house and that's when I heard the shots," Krieger said. "And my friend was just getting out of the car and I screamed at her. And I said, either get in the car or quick, get over here."
Chief Cliff Bowen with the Poquoson Police Department said the vehicle was able to leave the scene and the officers continued pursuing it back into York County. York County Sherifff's deputies took the lead in the pursuit until the Oldsmobile was forced to stop due to heavy traffic on Route 134.
York County deputies and Poquoson officers arrested the suspect, 32-year-old Kevin Patrick Ardary, who was treated at the scene of his arrest for a minor injury on his arm where a bullet had grazed him. Bowen said Ardary refused to be taken to a hospital for treatment.
Brandon Diggs told 10 On Your Side that Ardary had worked for his landscaping business in Poquoson since April.
"No problems, a good worker. Always shows up on time. You know, I wouldn't see this out of him," Diggs said.
Diggs said he and Ardary had a disagreement shortly before the incident and sent Ardary home early.
"He was working on somebody's car. He was supposed to be mulching at the job, so I just told him, 'You know, I don't pay you to do this, I need you back on the job working'," Diggs said.
Chief Bowen requested the VSP investigate the incident. Per agency policy, the two Poquoson officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the investigation.
Geller said both the Poquoson Police Department and the York County Sheriff's Office have each charged Ardary with one felony count of eluding police and on count reckless driving, and additional charges are pending the investigation.
Ardary, a citizen of Newport News, is being held without bond at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.
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