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New details in Ithaca woman’s abduction, police shootout with abductor in Virginia

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New details have emerged from the Virginia State Police regarding the abduction and subsequent death of 34-year-old Tatiana David from Ithaca. Her alleged abductor, Michael Davis, 34, of North Chesterfield, Virginia, remains at Inova Fairfax Hospital with life-threatening injuries.


On April 5 at 9:40 p.m., a Virginia State trooper stopped a Jeep Cherokee on I-95 in Fairfax County due to improper registration. After conversing with Davis, the driver, and David, his passenger, the trooper returned to his patrol car to verify their information. It was then that he discovered Davis was wanted by the New York State Police for abducting David. The Jeep subsequently fled the scene, initiating a pursuit.


Despite crashing into a guardrail near the 152-mile marker, the Jeep continued south on I-95. State police vehicles surrounded the vehicle in an attempt to bring it to a stop. The Jeep eventually crashed into the woods near Exit 148 in Prince William County. As troopers approached the SUV, Davis began shooting at them, prompting the officers to return fire.

Both Davis and David suffered injuries, and David was pronounced dead at the scene. Her remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Manassas for examination and autopsy. Davis was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.


No State Police officers were injured during the incident, and the troopers involved have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation’s outcome. A Fairfax County Police Department officer was also involved in the shooting. Two firearms were recovered at the scene.

Virginia State Police are collaborating with New York authorities in the ongoing abduction investigation.