2018-01-03 / News

Dupuis tapped to lead Charlottesville PD


Thierry Dupuis Thierry Dupuis The city of Charlottesville last week hired Thierry Dupuis, Chesterfield’s former police chief, to lead its police department on an interim basis.

“Chief Dupuis established a distinguished record during his nearly 40 years as a law enforcement official in Chesterfield County,” City Manager Maurice Jones said in a press release. “We have many dedicated officers in our department and I’m confident Chief Dupuis will do an excellent job of guiding them and our civilian staff as we search for a new police chief.”

Al Thomas announced Dec. 18 that he was stepping down as chief of the Charlottesville Police Department, following an independent review that was highly critical of its handling of violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters at the Aug. 12 “Unite the Right” rally.

Dupuis began working for Chesterfield’s police department in 1979 and served in a variety of roles before being appointed chief in 2007. He retired in September and relocated to Kerrs Creek, a small rural town about five miles northwest of Lexington.

He was expected to begin work as Charlottesville’s interim police chief Jan. 2.

Hull Street store robbed at gunpoint

Chesterfield police are looking for an armed man who robbed the 360 Express Mart at 16717 Hull Street Road on Christmas Eve.

At about 6:55 p.m., police say, one man entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a thin build. He was wearing a blue hooded jacked, dark pants, brown boots, a black hat and a blue bandanna over his face.

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

Pedestrian struck, killed after exiting disabled vehicle

A county woman died Dec. 23 after being struck accidentally by two vehicles that were exiting state Route 10 onto Interstate 95 in Chester.

A preliminary investigation indicates that Ashley Jasmine Smith, 34, crossed over two different ramps on foot to retrieve fuel for her disabled vehicle, which was located on the ramp from I-95 to Route 10.

Smith attempted to return to her vehicle to retrieve an item when she collided with a moving 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe that was accelerating onto Interstate 95, spinning her around. A 2016 Hyundai Elantra traveling directly behind the Santa Fe was unable to avoid Smith and struck her, as well.

Smith, who lived in the 5000 block of Burnt Oak Circle, succumbed to her injuries at the scene. The incident remains under investigation.

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