A woman who was abducted on her birthday by the father of her child in New York died in Prince William County, Virginia, on April 5, 2023, when the kidnapper crashed the car he was driving and used to kidnap her in Ithatha, New York, and began shooting at Virginia State Troopers after crashing along I-95 in Prince William County.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Fairfax Field Office continues to investigate the pursuit and shooting that occurred in Prince William County late Thursday (April 5, 2023). 

Fox-5-chopper-view-of-crash-scene of kidnapper Michael Davis who shot at Virginia troopers on April 5, 2023

At 9:40 p.m. Wednesday (April 5, 2023), a Virginia State Police trooper alerted to a Jeep Cherokee traveling south on I-95 in Fairfax County. The vehicle had an improper registration – the wrong license plates were displayed on it – and was wanted out of New York for an alleged abduction of an adult female earlier in the day. 

When the trooper activated his lights and sirens, the Jeep pulled to the shoulder of I-95 near Exit 167 in Fairfax County. The trooper made contact with the driver and returned to his patrol car. The trooper identified the driver as the wanted abduction suspect. As the trooper was walking back to the Jeep to further investigate, the Jeep pulled away at a high rate of speed. 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 troopers approached the SUV, the driver began shooting at them. State police returned fire. 

The driver, a 34-year-old male from North Chesterfield, Va., and the passenger, Tatiana N. David, 34, of Ithaca, N.Y., sustained injuries. The male driver was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he is being treated for life-threatening injuries. David died at the scene. Her remains have been 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 are being placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. A Fairfax County Police Officer was also involved in the shooting.

A firearm was recovered from the SUV. 

Fairfax Police Issued this Statement:

FCPD officers assisted in responding to the call for mutual aid for our helicopter and K9 during the pursuit. When our officers arrived at the scene of the crash, the suspect was already actively exchanging gunfire with several VSP troopers. One of our K-9 officers, a 7-year veteran, discharged a firearm during the incident. Per policy, that officer has been placed on modified restricted duty. 

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

The New York State Police reported that on April 5, 2023, at about 7:22 a.m., State Police in Ithaca responded to a reported abduction of an adult female at 110 West Hill Circle in the Town of Ithaca. A witness reported the victim, Tatiana N. David, 34, of Ithaca, was forced into a white SUV by the suspect, Michael C. Davis, 34, of Richmond, VA, against her will. An endangered adult alert was then issued statewide by New York State Police and the New York State Intelligence Center with information about the victim, suspect, and vehicle. A command post was established at State Police Ithaca, and a search was initiated. The victim and the suspect were in a previous relationship and have a four-year-old child together.

Tatiana was last seen at 7:20 am Wednesday on West Hill Circle in the City of Ithaca, wearing a light grey knee-length coat with fur on the hood and black sweatpants, and her black hair is braided and in a bun. She’s a 5-foot-9-inch Black woman, about 180 pounds. Michael Davis is 6 foot 4 inches and about 200 pounds.

The alert has been updated to say the vehicle is a white Jeep Cherokee with tinted windows and a roof rack.

Anyone who sees them is asked not to approach but to call NYSP at 607-561-7400 or 911.

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