Richmond police officer and suspect shot

Richmond police officer and suspect shot

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond Police Department has identified the officer who was shot during an altercation with a suspect, who was also shot.

Officer William Turner is recovering at VCU Medical Center from multiple gunshot wounds. Officer Turner has been a member of the police force for over 30 years, most of it in the 1st precinct where the shooting happened. Officers describe him as a "good cop and solid guy".

It is broad daylight in Richmond's Fulton neighborhood when gun shots and sirens ring out.

One woman who didn't want to show her face on camera describes the scene unfolding while she was with her child on a nearby playground.

"It was fast. I heard about three gunshots. We got down on the ground and just stayed there and then everything calmed down and we got up and we got in our car and we left," she said.

Here's how police tell us this all started-- A call came in around 2:30 p.m. Friday for an emotional crisis--meaning there is an issue with someone's mental status. As soon as officers arrive in the 4400 block of Fulton Street, the situation escalated. Police tell us the suspect fired on the officer, and the officer returned fire. Both are hit.

"It's sad. Violence just don't stop. It just continues. It's just sad. Nobody's safe nowadays," she said.

We've learned Officer Turner is expected to be okay. Officer Turner was rushed to the hospital in a police cruiser. An ambulance transported the suspect.

This went down outside the home. For some perspective, this is not the first time violence has hit this area. Two Christmases ago, just down the street, there was a homicide and shooting in a dispute over a dog.

Also, this area is right across the street from where the city is building the new Stone Brewing facility--a project that is supposed to inject millions in economic development and help the area revitalize.

"I mean you pay your money to live in a nice neighborhood and you supposed to be safe and when stuff like this happen you just don't feel safe," one neighbor said.

There are RPD leaders are at the scene, as well as investigators and patrol officers and just a short time ago, Cynthia Newbille, the council person who represents this area stopped by. She's been talking to police and the people who live here.

Officer Turner is listed in critical condition but his injuries are considered non-life threatening. The suspects injuries are now considered to be non life-threatening. Both are being treated.

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