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Update On Abducted Ithaca Woman’s Death in Virginia


Some new details have been released by State Police in Virginia regarding the death of an Ithaca woman who was abducted last Wednesday morning and died some 14 hours later in Fairfax County.

The investigation into last Wednesday’s abduction and fatal shooting of a New York woman remains ongoing by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Fairfax Field Office. The woman’s alleged abductor has not been charged, as 34-year-old Michael Davis, of North Chesterfield, Va., is still being treated for life-threatening injuries at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

The incident began for Virginia State Police at 9:40 p.m. on April 5th, when a trooper alerted to a Jeep Cherokee traveling south on I-95 in Fairfax County. The vehicle had improper registration – the wrong license plates were displayed on it. When the trooper activated his emergency lights, the Jeep pulled off onto the shoulder. The trooper approached the Jeep and spoke to Davis, the driver, and his passenger, 34-year-old Tatiana David, of Ithaca. It was not until the trooper returned to his patrol car to verify the driver’s information that he learned Davis was wanted by New York State Police for abducting David. Within seconds of receiving that confirmation, the Jeep pulled away from the shoulder and fled south on I-95. A pursuit was initiated.

The fleeing vehicle initially crashed near the 152-mile marker, when it struck the guardrail but kept going south on I-95. State police vehicles were positioned around the Jeep to contain it and bring it to a stop. Near Exit 148 in Prince William County, the Jeep ran off the right side of the road and crashed into the woods. As soon as the troopers approached the SUV, Davis, who remained in the driver’s seat, began shooting at them. State Police returned fire.

Davis and David suffered injuries. Once Davis stopped shooting, the troopers could safely approach the Jeep. Troopers and assisting agency personnel pulled both from the Jeep and immediately began rendering medical aid to both.

Davis was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he is still being treated for life-threatening injuries.

David died at the scene. Her remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Manassas for examination and autopsy.

No State Police were injured in the shooting. In accordance with state police policy, the troopers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. A Fairfax County Police Department was also involved in the shooting.

Two firearms were recovered at the scene.

State police are working with New York authorities in regard to the abduction investigation.

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