RPD officer shot in both legs after gun goes off in suspect’s backpack

RPD officer shot in both legs after gun goes off in suspect’s backpack

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - A Richmond Police officer is expected to survive after being shot in both legs on the city’s northside Sunday night.

A spokesperson for police said the officer was part of a group of officers who were called to 5th Avenue and Magnolia Street at 9:30 p.m. to investigate a disorderly group.

Police said the group mostly dispersed when they arrived, but officers did try to detain one person. During that incident, a shot was fired unexpectedly from inside the man’s backpack, and the officer was struck.

Richmond Police said the officer had surgery Monday, and is expected to make a full recovery.

David B. Ford, 22, of Henrico, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

“I’m glad our officer is going to fully recover,” RPD Chief William C. Smith said in a press release. “I’ve visited with him in the hospital. He’s in good spirits. His family is with him. Other officers are visiting him as well. It will be a good day for this Department when he returns to active duty. It’s the unknown threat that every officer must face when they are asked to respond to calls like this one.”

David B. Ford.
David B. Ford. (Source: Richmond police)

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