State police complete death investigation
The Virginia State Police have completed their investigation into the shooting death of D’Londre T. Minifield, but the Winchester Commonwealth’s Attorney must review their findings before deciding whether anyone should be charged in the incident, which involved city police.
The Office of the Medical Examiner in Manassas ruled Minifield’s death a suicide resulting from a gunshot to the head. Winchester Police Chief Kevin Sanzenbacher called in state police to investigate the case in late February.
The agency has issued no formal findings, but has disclosed that none of the police officers fired a gun during the incident on Feb. 28. One officer fired a Taser, which police have said made contact only with a jacket Minifield was wearing.
Authorities have said police answering a call about a fight, possibly involving a gun, arrived in the 2200 block of Roosevelt Road and contacted Minifield, who ran from them. Police said Minifeld stumbled and fell and, as they approached him, pulled out a .38-caliber revolver and fired a single round. The gun was recovered at the scene.
A written statement from the state police Friday said the findings of the investigation will be turned over to the Commonwealth’s Attorney, who will decide whether to file charges against anyone.
State police said investigators met Friday with Minifield’s family and members of the Winchester police command staff to inform them that the investigation has been completed.
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