Fredericksburg Police ID officer who shot man during scuffle

Fredericksburg Police ID officer who shot man during scuffle
Source: NBC12
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FREDERICKSBURG, VA (WWBT) - The Fredericksburg Police Department identified Christopher Brossmer as the officer who shot Travis J. Blair on Tuesday.

Brossmer, 31, has been with the Fredericksburg Police Department since July 2013. He has been placed on administrative leave pending a criminal investigation, which is standard protocol.

Brossmer pulled over Blair, 33, at the intersection of Lafayette Boulevard and Braehead Drive around 1 p.m. and discovered Blair had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a felony charge of drug possession.

Blair initially stopped, but wasn't cooperating with the officer, police said. He then tried to drive off, dragging the officer 200 yards before crashing into a ditch near Kinloch Drive.

Blair then ran off before the officer chased him down. Police say Blair refused to obey the officer's commands and the officer shot him in the leg during a scuffle.

Witnesses recall hearing a loud noise, followed by shouting.

"We were in our car, parked in the back, ready to go down the hill when we heard what we thought was a rifle shot," recalled Joyce Smith as she stood on her front stoop overlooking the police activity.

The noise shattering the silence of the side street was a shot fired from an officer's gun.

"Then there was immediately a yell, like 'ahhh!' a man's yell," described Smith.

Witnesses watched as their front yards became a crime scene.

"They were swarming in! And also police with bullet proof vests. So we didn't know if a shooter was on the loose," described Smith.

Blair was taken to Mary Washington Hospital for treatment and died shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Virginia State Police are now in charge of the investigation and are questioning a woman who was a passenger in the car.

Fredericksburg Police Chief David Nye released the following statement:

It is the policy of the Fredericksburg Police Department to conduct an administrative and criminal investigation for every police-involved use of deadly force.

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