Police: Virginia woman fatally shot herself in patrol SUV

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Virginia State Police are investigating the death of a woman who authorities say fatally shot herself while being transported to a mental hospital in a patrol vehicle.

State police Sgt. Brent Coffey told the Free Lance-Star the incident happened as a Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s cruiser was leaving a Fredericksburg hospital early Monday morning, taking a 30-year-old woman to Western State Hospital.

Neither deputy in the front seats was injured.

An autopsy will be conducted.

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