January 28, 2020
Ivy Runnels and Vernon Green II.
She was crushed between a car door and a tree.
Something which wouldn’t have happened if she’d remained in the home, rather than pretend to be a man.
A Newport News police officer died in the line of duty after a car dragged her down a street during a traffic stop Thursday.
Police it happened shortly before 7 p.m. in the 1400 block of 16th Street. Two officers stopped a car after getting a drug call and approached the car. At some point, the driver stepped on the accelerator, and the car took off.
One of the officers, 24-year-old Katie Thyne, was caught in the driver’s side door when the driver took off. She was dragged about a block until the car crashed into a tree around 16th Street and Walnut Avenue.
Chief Steve Drew said she was pinned between the door and the tree. Thyne died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital from her injuries.
Police took the driver and a passenger into custody after the crash. The driver Vernon Green II was charged with Homicide, Possession of Marijuana, and Disregard/Elude Law Enforcement.
The passenger, 38-year-old Ivy Runnels, was charged with Possession of Marijuana.