2017-08-02 / News Briefs



Ax-wielding Chester man killed by police

Richmond Police shot and killed a Chester man on July 25 after he attacked an officer with a small ax.

Alexander J. Schoessel, 23, of the 1100 block of Rochelle Road in Chester, was shot at approximately 10 a.m. at the intersection of 3rd and East Main streets in downtown Richmond as he attacked an officer with a small ax. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. One officer was caught in the line of fire, with a bullet striking his ballistic vest. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

According to media reports, Schoessel spent the morning of July 25 wandering around downtown Richmond shirtless, wearing a kilt and combat-style boots. He was reportedly threatening people while wielding a long knife and ax. According to media reports, Schoessel had a history of mental health issues, interactions with police and alcohol abuse.

Police seek robbery suspect

County police are searching for a man who robbed the Refresh convenience store in the 100 block of East Hundred Road on July 30.

At about 2:14 a.m., a man entered the business and walked around the store before approaching an employee and demanding money. The suspect fled on foot after receiving an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s. He was wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, black pants, a dark gray vest and a dark baseball-style cap with a white stocking cap on top. No weapon was displayed during the robbery, and no injuries occurred.

Anyone with information is asked to contact county police at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

Midlothian man killed in wrong-way crash

A county man was killed in a two-vehicle crash near Carytown on July 25.

Richmond Police’s crash team investigators were called to the Downtown Expressway near the Cary Street exit to investigate a two-vehicle accident. A 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe with four occupants, including the driver, was traveling westbound on the expressway toward Interstate 95 when a silver 1999 Toyota Corolla struck the vehicle in a head-on collision. The driver of the Corolla was traveling in the wrong direction on the expressway at the time of the collision.

The driver of the Corolla, Eugene J. Driscoll, 45, of the 7700 block of Sunday Silence Lane in Midlothian, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The four occupants of the Santa Fe were transported to a local hospital, with one of the occupants sustaining life-threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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