Police are continuing to investigate a Thursday morning chase that ended in Wytheville with an officer-involved shooting.
According to the Virginia State Police, 31-year-old William R. Clark of Pulaski died Friday morning at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Around 1:40 a.m. on Thursday, Clark had been driving a 2008 Dodge pickup that had been reported as stolen. Seeing Clark travel southbound on Interstate 81 near mile marker 98, a trooper attempted to pull him over.
Clark refused to stop and sped away, the police said. During the ensuing pursuit, the Virginia State Police said that Clark fired several shots at the trooper's vehicle. The trooper wasn't injured.
The chase continued south on I-81 and into the town of Wytheville, where the trooper lost sight of the Dodge pickup.
The Virginia State Police said that Clark abandoned the vehicle on Barrett Mill Road and escaped on foot. Sheriff's deputies and VSP troopers searched the area, locating the abandoned truck at 2:09 a.m. K9 teams and helicopters were called in to hunt for Clark.
Around 3:45 a.m., Wytheville Police stopped a suspicious vehicle on West Railroad Avenue and discovered that the female driver, 39-year-old Charity F. Barton knew Clark and was hunting for him, too.
The Virginia State Police arrested Barton, whose last known address was in Pulaski County. She is being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail on drug, weapons and other charges. With additional charges pending, Barton faces one count each of possession of a Schedule I/II drug, possession of a Schedule I/II drug with intent to distribute, possession of concealed weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm while in possession of a Schedule I/II drug and possession of a stolen license plate.
While the town officer had Barton stopped, a pursuit of a Ford F-350 pickup was initiated. Behind the wheel of the F-350, Clark continued into town limits, drove over an embankment and was headed to where Barton was stopped. During the pursuit, the stolen F-350 rammed a Wythe County Sheriff's deputy's cruiser and hit a trooper's car head on on West Railroad Avenue. A deputy and a trooper fired shots at Clark.
Clark was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. A firearm was recovered from inside the black Ford F-350, which was stolen in Wythe County.
The Wythe County Sheriff's Deputy and Virginia State Police Trooper who were struck were transported to Wythe Community Hospital, where they were both treated and released.
The incident and officer-involved shooting remain under investigation by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Wytheville Field Office.
In accordance with State Police policy, the trooper involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave pending conclusion of the investigation. Charges are pending.