January 25, 2006
They say word travels fast in a small community. And what happened along Route 33 Wednesday night was what everyone in Greene County was talking about Thursday.
"I can't really believe it that the cops would shoot him just for trying to get away," said Tyler Puchino, who just finished school at William Monroe High School.
Puchino was talking about a former classmate, Allen Cochran. Cochran was shot and killed by a game warden Wednesday night around 6pm.
Authorities in Greene County said they received a call to be on the lookout for Cochran, and an allegedly abducted young female.
Cops set up at the Woodridge subdivision along Route 33. When Cochran's car approached, the game warden tried to get the young woman from the car. That's when Cochran allegedly accelerated and hit the warden.
The warden reportedly fired shots at the car. Cochran was killed. His car went down an embankment.
"I saw lights in my field," explained Puchino, who lives just a few yards from the scene of the shooting. "I took a few steps in the field, and looked down and there was actually a car leaning across the hill almost being held up by the fence."
From his house Tyler watched as authorities spent the next eight hours taking pictures and collecting evidence from the crime scene.
He had no idea at the time that the car's driver was Allen Cochran, someone he went to high school with.
"I never though anyone would be killed at that intersection. And it's kind of weird, because I saw him and he was fine, and then (now) I'll never see him again," said Puchino.
The case is now being investigated by state police.
The officer hit by the car was released from UVA Medical Center Thursday. He's been placed on administrative leave, which authorities said was standard procedure.