BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a woman armed with a handgun after exiting her burning home in western Virginia has been fatally shot by officers. Virginia State Police is investigating the early Sunday death of Chelsae Clevenger-Kirk of Bedford County. State police say the situation began Saturday when a wildlife resources officer tried to stop a female motorcyclist who was neither wearing a helmet nor displaying a license plate. The woman went into a home. The officer then heard shots inside. Police say hours later she began setting fires inside, then came outside with the gun. That’s when police say the officer and Bedford County sheriff’s deputies fired.

Here is the entire news release from State Police:

The investigation is underway into a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred in Bedford County early Sunday (Nov. 7, 2021).  At the request of Bedford County Sheriff Mike Miller and Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) Chief of Law Enforcement Colonel John Cobb, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office is conducting the investigation.

The incident began at approximately 5:30 p.m. Saturday when a DWR Conservation Police Officer attempted to stop a female motorcyclist who was not wearing a helmet and for the motorcycle not displaying a license plate. When the Conservation Police Officer activated his patrol vehicle’s emergency lights and sirens to initiate the traffic stop, the motorcyclist refused to stop and continued to a residence in the 100 block of Afton Lane in the community of Goodview. The motorcyclist pulled up to the residence and went inside.

The DWR officer attempted to make contact with the woman – later identified as Chelsae L. Clevenger-Kirk, 29, of Goodview, Va. –  inside the residence, but there was no response.  As he was walking back to his patrol car, he heard shots fired inside the residence. The Conservation Police Officer immediately requested assistance from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police. 

After several hours of trying to make verbal contact with Clevenger-Kirk to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the situation, the adult female began setting fires inside the house. At approximately 1 a.m. Sunday, she exited her residence armed with a handgun. The Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies and DWR Conservation Officer fired their weapons. Clevenger-Kirk was struck and succumbed to her injuries at the scene. Her remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy. 

No law enforcement were injured during the incident. 

State police is also investigating the cause and origin of the fire, which quickly engulfed and destroyed the residence. There was no one else inside the residence with Clevenger-Kirk. 

The state police investigation remains ongoing at this time.