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The man who fired at least a dozen rounds at a Harrisonburg police officer and a city resident Tuesday evening was found dead in his car from an “apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound” in Goochland later that night, according to a Wednesday Harrisonburg Police Department press release.

The suspect in the shooting, identified as John Fitch, 21, of Henrico County, was found shortly after midnight inside his vehicle by Virginia State Police and the Goochland County Sheriff’s Office, according to the release.

The Harrisonburg officer had been called to the 2300 block of Purple and Gold Way around 8 p.m. Tuesday after a city resident reported threats.

The officer was talking with the complainant on the porch of the Harrisonburg home when a suspect fired at least a dozen rounds from a firearm toward the home and then fled the scene, according to the release.

No one was injured by the shots, though rounds did hit the home several feet from the officer and the complainant, police said.

Warrants for attempted capital murder of a police officer and attempted capital murder were obtained for Finch after he was identified.

The incident is still under investigation by the Harrisonburg Police Department Major Crimes Unit.

Law enforcement has asked witnesses or anyone with any more information about the incident to contact detective Alan Dyer by phone at 540-437-2650 or by email at Alan.Dyer@HarrisonburgVa.Gov.

Anonymous tips can be sent to 540-574-5050 or by texting “HPD” to CRIMES (274637).

Contact Ian Munro at 574-6278 or imunro@dnronline.com. Follow Ian on Twitter @iamIanMunro

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One less nutcase for the world to worry about!

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