New Haven police confirm Tramaine Poole killed in VA police shootout


New Haven police confirmed Thursday that a New Haven man referred to as “Public Enemy Number One” was killed in a police shootout with Virginia State Police on Wednesday.

Tramaine Poole was accused of attempting to murder his wife in May. He was also wanted in connection to the murder of her best friend 28-year-old Tyekqua Nesbitt.

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“From day one, I promised my sister that justice would be served, and I got that justice yesterday,” said Nesbitt’s twin sister, Tashauna Nesbitt.

That justice coming on a country road in Virginia, caught on cell phone video. Troopers tried to pull over a stolen car, but the driver took off, shooting at their cars. Troopers cornering him and returning fire.

New Haven detectives are now in Virginia, identifying the man killed in the shootout as Tramaine Poole, on the run for more than two months. The Chief saying, it was just a matter of time.

“We had really good information with regard to sightings, with regard to movements,” said New haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell. “The net was closing in around him.”

According to police, Poole murdered Nesbitt in her car in New Haven while her two children, ages 6 and 11, watched. Nesbitt’s family living in fear every day, until yesterday.

“To Tramaine’s family, I’m sorry about the way that he chose to leave this world,” said Nesbitt’s other sister, Latoya Herbert. “It wasn’t supposed to have been like this and nobody deserves to lose their child.”

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For police, relief that the nationwide manhunt was over. 

“My first thought was thank god,” said Chief Campbell. “Thank god that this community can be at ease.”

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Justice came at a price. One of the bullets pierced a canine trooper’s back window and struck a State Police Canine, Vader, who was riding in the back seat. Vader later died from his injuries. 

The investigation now continues into who may have helped Poole hide from police. Police say that Poole had a female passenger in his car, who was flown to hospital for minor injuries following the incident. 

Back in New Haven, Nesbitt’s twin now caring for 2 kids who witnessed their mother’s murder.

“I’m now a mother to 4 children and, even though he’s gone, it still does not bring 100% peace to me,” said Tashauna Nesbitt. “Her soul is at rest, but we’re still hurting.”

That family was forced to live under 24 hour police guard in case Poole came back and tried to do some more damage. The Chief praised his officers for that duty. The family, raising money, trying to put their lives back together. 

Officials are looking into whether the reward money that was being offered for information leading to Poole’s arrest can now be used for funeral expenses for the K9 officer that was killed in the shootout.

Web Extra: Watch New Haven police share an update on the incident in the video below:

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