Police officer shoots man in Henrico

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – A domestic disturbance call turns into an officer involved shooting in Henrico. Police say the shooting victim had a knife and did not comply when officers ordered him to put it down. It happened Thursday morning in the 7800 block of Wistar Village Drive - that's just off Staples Mill Road in Henrico.

There are lots of unanswered questions surrounding this shooting. We do know an officer fired one shot -- hitting a man in the lower torso.

Holiday decorations pepper yards, doors, and windows on Wistar Village Drive, but the blue reflection isn't from Christmas lights – it's from a police cruiser. A scene that caught many neighbors, including Tom Edwards, off guard.

"I was quite surprised when I came home. I didn't know what was happening," Edwards said.

It all started just after ten o'clock Thursday morning when police responded to the home for a domestic disturbance. When officers arrived they were confronted by a man, who police say, was wielding a knife.

"Officers ordered him to drop his knife - its unknown how many times the command was given. However he refused to drop the knife," said Lt. Eric Owens, Henrico County Police Department Spokesperson.

An officer fired one shot -- hitting the man in the lower torso. That knife is now evidence number five. Neighbors say the shooting victim and his wife moved in about 7 years ago.

"We'd waive back and forth. You don't see him often. Normally he's cutting the grass in the summer and stays in the house or garage thereafter," neighbor Jeff Kmetz said.

Jeff Kmetz says there may have been signs that something was wrong at the home.

"I've heard door slams and yelling -- but it's always subsided quickly thereafter," he said.

Investigators say they've never been to the home in the past for a domestic dispute. I asked police under what circumstances an officer is authorized to fire a weapon.

"When an officer feels his life is in danger or someone else is in danger, he's authorized to use deadly force," said Owens.  

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative assignment while the investigation continues.

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