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Chesterfield lawyer killed in police standoff

A domestic violence call that turned into an overnight standoff with police ended Friday morning with the death of Chesterfield lawyer Richard C. “Rick” Ferris II.

Officers were called just before midnight for a report of a domestic dispute, according to a police spokesman. Arriving at Ferris’ home, officers reportedly heard gunfire from inside.

Ferris’ wife and children escaped unharmed, but police were unable to initiate conversation with Ferris. Just before 8 a.m., Ferris emerged and twice fired at police officers, the spokesman said. In the second encounter, Ferris was fatally injured by a police bullet. No one else was hurt.

State police were called to examine weapons found in the home, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Ferris practiced at the Chesterfield firm of Ferris & Ferris with his wife, Michelle Lynn Ferris. A telephone recording states the office is closed today.

The Supreme Court of Virginia last year overturned a sanctions order against Ferris based on his persistence in seeking relief from a default judgment against a client.

By Peter Vieth

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