January 25, 2006
It all started with a call from a resident saying she was worried for her safety. Not long after, a confrontation ensued that left one law enforcement officer injured and a teenager dead.
It's a crime scene that stretched across all four lanes of Route 33 last night. Just after 6 p.m., a Greene County Sheriff's Deputy and a Game Warden tried to stop a car driven by teenager Allen Cochran. Cochran was believed to be involved in the alleged abduction of a missing juvenile. When the officers approached the car in front of the Woodridge subdivision, the driver accelerated.
"The officer was hit, he was thrown into the air and came down onto the hood of the vehicle. During this occurrence, the officer fired two shots striking the suspect," said Major Dabney Watts from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the agency in charge of the 182 Game Wardens statewide.
Cochran's car crossed all four lanes of Route 33 before sliding down an embankment. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The game Warden was taken to UVa Medical Center with minor injuries. While the Warden has yet to be officially identified, Major Watts says he is well respected by the Sheriff's Department.
"He worked very well with them. They had an excellent working relationship. They all expressed concern for their well being," said Major Watts.
"I saw lights in my field and I took a few steps in the field and looked down and there was a car kind of leaning across the hill," said Tyler Puchino.
Puchino lives just yards from the embankment where Cochran's bullet riddled car ended up. He also went to school with the Greene County teen. He says the entire incident has shaken him up.
"It's just kind of right here. We live here. It is scary. Nothing like this has ever happened around here before," he said.
The Virginia State Police are handling the shooting investigation. They will turn their findings over to the Greene County Commonwealth Attorney who will determine if any charges are necessary.
Right now, the Game Warden is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.