UPDATE: Wanted suspect shot by police in Chesterfield

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - An officer-involved shooting sends one man to the hospital with serious injuries. The shooting happened in a Chesterfield neighborhood about 7:00 Thursday morning.

Chesterfield police along with a federal agent, were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Thomas G. Wells. The 32-year old answered the door. Police say he flashed a gun. That's when an officer fired.

"Came outside, walked over a little way to my neighbor's yard and I saw my neighbor laying in the yard," said neighbor Joyce Pace.

Joyce saw her neighbor bleeding from his chest. She says her two young grandchildren also witnessed the scene before police blocked off the area for the majority of the day.

"He goes by Garrett and he's a nice young man. I've never had any problems with him, there's never been any police over here," said Joyce.

Carol Gray agrees with Joyce.

"The only thing we'd ever seen him do was go off in the car with his grandmother to work and coming back so we knew he was there, but that was the extent of it," Gray said.

Neighbors say Thomas Wells has lived at this address for about two years. They've lived here for decades, never expecting something like this to unfold steps from their homes.

"Well I think it's kind of scary. You know you think you're living in a nice quiet neighborhood, but you just never know what's going on around you," Gray said.

Chesterfield police say the officer who fired the rounds is on paid-administrative leave pending a full investigation, which is standard procedure. Thomas Wells has arrest warrants in both Chesterfield and Fairfax counties. Wells is at VCU Medical Center with serious injuries.

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