Suspect identified in Richmond officer-involved shooting - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Suspect identified in Richmond officer-involved shooting

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond Police Department has identified the suspect in Friday's officer-involved shooting that injured the officer and the suspect.

The suspect has been identified as Tamar X. Harris. Harris, 20, is in police custody and warrants have been obtained but have not yet been served due to his medical condition. The warrants are for aggravated assault and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday, officers were called to the 4400 block of Fulton Street for the report of an adult male suffering emotional issues. The officer pulled his vehicle over at the location and approached the subject, who fired on the officer. The officer returned fire.

Willard Roland spent 23 years as a Richmond Sheriff's Deputy and in those 20 plus years he never experienced anything like what he witnessed on Friday afternoon. Roland was home when police say Harris and the officer William Turner exchanged gunfire. 

Just moments later, Roland watched the officer struggling to walk from his front window. 
 
"I saw him when he came off the trunk of the car. The blood was on the car and he staggered to the middle of the street bending over like this, and that is when I knew he had been shot," Roland said.
 
Roland says that's when he quickly picked up the phone and dialed 911.
 
Minutes after those shots were fired, home security video shows the streets became flooded with concerned neighbors. What appears to be a police detective vehicle drives by.

The video was captured by Ariyan Surrosh's home security camera. He also heard the gunshots and came outside.
 
"I really just thought that they were hammer blows because of the clunking sound and sure enough, gunfire," Surrosh said.
 Surrosh says he has the equipment to keep an eye out on his car normally parked in front of his home. Those eyes were also on the scene that played out feet from his doorstep. 
 
"The biggest thing I guess is the stray bullet factor, because that is the scariest part because really that is just the roll of the dice," Surrosh said.
 
A home and a car near the intersection where the shooting happened were riddled with bullets, but no one was injured. Roland says he will always keep a look out.
 
"This can happen anywhere now, its the sign of the times," he said.


Both individuals were injured by gunfire and were transported to VCU Medical Center. Their injuries are considered serious but not life threatening.

Copyright 2015 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.


Powered by Frankly