Newport News officer injured in crash responding to wanted JCC man

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newportnewsbadgeA Newport News deputy was hospitalized Saturday after responding to a call for a man wanted for robbery in James City County.

According to a news release from the Newport News Police Department, officers responded to in the area of Warwick Boulevard and Sharon Drive in Newport News around 11:40 a.m. Saturday and observed a car with a passenger wanted by James City County Police for robbery.

As officers were conducting a traffic stop, the suspect ran from the car. Officers then began to chase the suspect on foot. Deputies then saw the suspect holding the waistband area of his pants and they heard the sound of a gunshot.

The officers did not fire their weapons in response, the release stated.

The suspect was able to make an escape on foot, but witnesses assisted officers in locating a handgun believed to have been thrown by the suspect. The handgun was recovered and appeared to have been fired.

“Despite efforts to locate the suspect, he remains at large,” read the release.

An officer responding to assist in locating the suspect was involved in a two-vehicle crash at Warwick Boulevard and Tabbs Lane. According to the release, the officer’s emergency lights and siren were activated at the time of the accident.

The officer was transported to a local hospital with “what appears to be non-life threatening injuries,” the release stated. There were no other injuries reported as a result of the crash.

The wanted suspect has been identified as Michael Van Hook, 36, a black male wearing a blue and red jacket and blue jeans.

“At this time there is no further information regarding the suspect,” the release stated.

Anyone with information regarding Hook’s whereabouts is asked to call Newport News or James City County Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.