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Man arrested, charged with murder after fatal shooting leads to police chase in Newport News

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Posted at 3:02 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 15:04:00-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A Newport News man was arrested and charged with murder following a homicide and police chase in Newport News Thursday night.

Cortez Bumphus, 28, was charged with second-degree murder, conspiracy, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Around 7:53 p.m. Thursday, dispatchers received a call of gunshots in the area of 73rd Street. Officers who were already nearby saw a pickup truck fleeing the area after the shooting, leading to a short chase.

During the chase, the driver of the pickup truck hit another pickup truck at the intersection of 71st Street and Warwick Boulevard. A male subject, identified as Bumphus, fled the truck and was apprehended a short distance later.

The person in the other pickup truck, also a male, was not hurt.

The victim of the shooting on 73rd Street was identified as a 40-year-old Newport News man. His identity has not been released.

Additional charges are pending against Bumphus in reference to the vehicle accident.

This is a developing story.