Mom demands State Police release dashcam video after Troopers fatally shoot son in I-64 incident

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Posted at 11:31 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-16 08:29:07-05

GOOCHLAND Co., Va. - A mother is demanding Virginia State Police release video she believes shows negligence in her son's death.

Eighteen-year-old Xzavier Hill died Saturday after what police are calling a "high-speed chase" that started in Henrico County and ended in Goochland County.

Hill has family that lives in Hampton Roads, but he lived in Charlottesville.

Virginia State Police told CBS 6 in Richmond Hill refused to pull over for an officer, leading to a chase that hit speeds well over 100 miles per hour.

Police say after Hill crashed, he then displayed a firearm and was shot.

In an emotional interview with News 3 reporter Erin Miller, Hill’s family tells a very different story.

LaToya Benton, Hill's mother, says they saw the Troopers' dash camera footage and says her son never held a weapon. She says his hands were clear and that he was cooperating with orders.

Benton says while Hill may have been speeding, she's disputing officials' claim that it was a high-speed chase. She's now calling on State Police to release the video to the public.

“This all happens in a three- to four-minute timespan? OK… so, I’m just confused. What kind of high-speed chase is in four minutes? This is all a high-speed chase, and he killed my son in four minutes literally as I was watching this video,” said Benton.

She added, "When they get out of the car, they say, 'Show me your hands; show me your hands,' and Xzavier says, 'OK, my door is open.'"

WTVR reports that as two Troopers walked to the crashed vehicle, they repeatedly told Hill to "get out of the car and show his hands. The driver displayed a firearm and was subsequently shot."

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Both Troopers who were involved are on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

The family will be having a press conference at the Goochland Prosecutor's Office Saturday at 1 p.m.