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Authorities identify Virginia officer who died after being dragged by car

Driver in custody

Katherine Thyne died after she was dragged by a car as the driver was trying to flee a traffic stop
Katherine Thyne died after she was dragged by a car as the driver was trying to flee a traffic stop (Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police & Foundation)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.UPDATE

Authorities have identified the Newport News officer that died Friday morning after she was dragged by a car as the driver was trying to get away from a traffic stop.

Officer Katherine “Katie” Thyne, 24, was a Navy veteran and reservist originally from New Hampshire.

Thyne joined the Newport News Police Department in 2018 and was assigned to the South Precinct.

She leaves behind her mother, stepfather, a brother, her two-year-old daughter and her partner.


ORIGINAL STORY

A Newport News officer has died after she was dragged by a car trying to get away from a traffic stop.

She was taken to a hospital where she died from her injuries.

It happened Thursday night near Monitor-Merrimac Overlook Park just before 7 p.m.

Police say the officer pulled a vehicle over when the driver accelerated, dragging the officer with the car.

The car left the scene and then crashed nearby. The driver was taken into custody after the crash.

Authorities have not named the fallen officer. The investigation is ongoing.

Several police departments across the state have expressed their condolences.