UPDATE: Police identify man shot near VCU

Nathan Olette Randolph
Nathan Olette Randolph

By Jola Szubielski and Rachel DePompa - bios

Posted by Phil Riggan - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A routine traffic stop near the Virginia Commonwealth Campus this morning suddenly takes a violent turn.

Right now, a man is in the hospital after a police-involved shooting in Richmond.

It happened after police pulled over a car driven by 55-year-old Nathan Randolph around 2:30am this morning in the 800 block of West Broad Street, near the intersection of West Broad and Laurel streets in downtown Richmond near VCU.

Police say Randolph got out of his car and charged at officers with a large knife. Officers shot him several times. Details are still coming in about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

It involved both Richmond and VCU Police. The departments say the officers did what was necessary after being threatened by the suspect.

VCU notified its students and faculty about the incident.

"They sent out an email, they always send out an email. They said it was routine traffic stop and it went awry," said Shannon Griffin.

And because it all happened here on VCU's campus, in front of several dorms, Richmond Police notified VCU Campus Police immediately.

"We were curious what happened obviously cop cars and forensics and you wonder what's going on," said Dustin Black. "We're worried, you can't do much about it, do what you can, be safe, if your gut tells you something is wrong."

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