Police seize evidence after deadly standoff

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - The Chesterfield father killed in a standoff last Friday will be remembered in the day ahead.

Chesterfield police are still working to figure out why 44-year-old Richard Ferris barricaded himself in his home.

Richard Ferris, who went by Rick, was a prominent lawyer in Chesterfield and had close ties to the Commonwealth attorney's office.

That's why a prosecutor from Prince William County is now reviewing this case to determine whether police acted appropriately.

Police were called to Ferris' home one week ago when his wife said she worried about his welfare.

Court documents show that investigators seized 11 guns, journals, and a battle ready book with handwritten notes from the home - all of which are now evidence.

The four officers involved in the shooting are now on desk duty; that's standard procedure in these situations.

Rick Ferris' memorial will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the West End Assembly of God in Richmond.

He was on the Board of Trustees for the Millwood School, and his family is asking that all donations go there.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Ferris was good friends with Commonwealth's Attorney William Davenport, and he will be attending the funeral.

According to Rick Ferris' obituary, he taught at Regent University and was involved in missionary work and prison outreach.

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