RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Police Chief Al Durham refuted rumors about Wednesday's officer-involved shooting, saying race played no factor in the case.
"This is not Ferguson. This is not South Charleston," said Chief Durham. "I refuse to allow the community to make and paint a picture of our officers, that we have a bunch of rogue officers here that are out of control. That is not the case."
Officers Ryan Bailey and Jacob DeBoard are now on paid administrative leave following the shooting that left Ke'Shawn Hargrove dead. Richmond Police are investigating the shooting, and the Commonwealth Attorney will ultimately determine whether the shooting was justified.
Officers were responding to reports of a man armed with a gun in the 2200 block of West Cary Street, at Meadow Street at 5:21 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators say four officers approached Hargrove, and he started running. He then allegedly turned around with a gun and fired several shots.
Officers ordered him to drop the weapon and he refused, which is when they returned fire, according to Chief Durham.
Bailey is recovering from being shot in the arm. He is a nine-year veteran of the police force with three children. He was released from the hospital last night and is expected to be OK. The suspect suffered a single, fatal, gunshot wound, according to police.
Witnesses saw officers exchanging gunfire with the suspect. Officer Nicholas Castrinos was responding to the shooting call when he flipped his patrol vehicle over near Broad and Lombardy streets. Police say that officer will also be OK.
Hargrove was previously convicted on charges of malicious wounding and possession of a firearm by a violent felon in connection with a 2010 case. He confessed to stealing his grandmother's car, crashing it in Byrd Park and shooting his girlfriend in the leg.
Durham said the officers were not racially profiling the suspect and argued the case was not racially motivated. A weapon was recovered from the scene that did not belong to the officers.
Hargrove's family tells NBC12 they've heard different things since he was killed in an alley almost 24 hours ago, and they don't know what to believe.
"He was real. You can ask anybody, my brother was real," says Hargrove's sister, Charkira Boone.
"Ke'Shawn was a happy-go-lucky kind of guy. He liked to have fun. He was very very loyal to his family and friends. He was very protective," says Hargrove's brother, Rodriquez Boone
But a search of court records tells a different story. NBC12 found Hargrove's criminal history dates back more than five years. He was convicted of shooting his girlfriend in the leg and riding off on his bike when he was 15 years old.
His brother tells us, Hargrove just got out of prison in April, and the family was making up for lost time.
"Ke'Shawn wasn't as bad as everybody made him out to be. He always wanted the best for everybody. He wanted to see everybody happy," he says.
The Police Chief says an autopsy on Hargrove was conducted Thursday morning, and he was found to have only one gunshot wound. The Chief also says Hargrove was a person of interest in another shooting from July 23rd.
The officers involved in this case are on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of this investigation.
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