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NEW HAVEN --  The man shot and killed after a police chase in Virginia was Tramaine Poole, suspect in the death of a mother who was shot in front of her two children.

WTVR reports that Poole, 41, who was a wanted homicide suspect in New Haven, was killed in a shoot-out with Virginia State Police.

Shots were fired from the suspect's vehicle as officers with the State Police Drug Interdiction Task Force initiated a traffic stop on Interstate 95 south of Sussex County, according to Virginia State Police spokesperson Sgt. Michelle Anaya. One of the suspect's bullets pierced a K9 trooper's back passenger window and struck the dog.

The suspect's vehicle eventually exited Interstate 95 north at exit 24.

Once off the interstate, more shots were fired from the suspect's vehicle toward police, Anaya said. State troopers engaged with the suspect and more shots were fired. The man was shot and died at the scene.

In accordance with state police policy regarding officer-involved shootings, three troopers have been placed on administrative leave.

The K9 officer did not survive his injuries. No troopers were injured during the incident.

FOX61 did spoke to the victim's family aunt through text who said “I am happy it’s over so that my niece’s children, sisters and her mother Cheryl can get some closure. Of course, another life was taken but his choices he made in life dictated his outcome. Tears are falling because it’s over, but the pain never will be.”

A woman passenger in the car was brought to the local hospital for non life threatening injuries.

The situation ended with a crash near the intersection of Bell Road and Loco School Road in Yale, Virginia.

Poole was wanted back in May after shooting his wife, and shooting and killing a mother of two in front of her children.

A $30,000 reward was offered by the U.S. Marshal's Violent Fugitive Task Force and States Attorney's office, to anyone who had information on Poole..

This is a developing story.

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