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Suspect in RPD officer shooting out of hospital, arraigned

Tamar X. Harris, 20, was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to court officials. (Source: Richmond Police Dept.) Tamar X. Harris, 20, was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to court officials. (Source: Richmond Police Dept.)
Richmond Police Officer William "Bill" Turner was shot earlier this month and is listed in good condition at VCU Medical Center. (Source: Richmond Police Dept.) Richmond Police Officer William "Bill" Turner was shot earlier this month and is listed in good condition at VCU Medical Center. (Source: Richmond Police Dept.)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A man accused of shooting a Richmond Police officer is out of the hospital and facing charges.

Tamar X. Harris, 20, was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to court officials. He is accused of shooting Master Police Officer William Turner earlier this month. Turner remains at VCU Medical Center in good condition, according to hospital officials. Sources say Turner was recently moved into his own room and is adjusting to new medication.

Richmond prosecutor Mike Holloman says he will ask the grand jury to return indictments of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer and use of a firearm in the attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer against Harris.

NBC 12 Legal Analyst  Steve Benjamin said, "It's a serious situation. The authorities take it very seriously. They will investigate and prosecute zealously."

Harris was arraigned on malicious shooting and firearms charges Tuesday morning. But with Harris out of the hospital and Turner still in the hospital, prosecutors are looking at a more serious charge.
 
"When someone intentionally tries to kill a police officer, that is a crime of attempted capital murder of a police officer, and it carries a minimum of 20 years in the penitentiary up to a possible life term," Benjamin said.
 
Turner has been in the hospital for 11 days now. On January 2, police say Harris shot the officer first before the officer fired back, injuring Harris.

Harris is now in jail, waiting to see what happens next.

 "Authorities want to send a very clear message to the public that if you try to hurt or kill a police officer, you will be prosecuted and punished severely," Benjamin said.

Harris appeared before a Richmond General District Court judge by video conference Tuesday morning. He was denied bond and appointed public defender Matthew Bingham.His preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 5 at 9:30 a.m.

Police were not yet available to provide the media with Harris' mugshot.

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