Armed man shot by police officer in Colonial Heights

Updated: Mar. 9, 2020 at 3:13 AM EDT
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COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WWBT) - Colonial Heights police say an armed man refused to comply with their orders and was shot by an officer.

Colonial Heights and Chesterfield County officers responded around 9 p.m. Sunday to a home on Cedar Creek Lane for a domestic disturbance call.

However, the situation originally started with a different call for service.

“We had had a report of a strong-armed robbery and had requested units from Chesterfield,” said Colonial Heights Sgt. Renee Walters. “That call was unfounded and they were in the city based on that."

So when a domestic disturbance call went out both agencies responded to Cedar Creek Lane.

“They were able to remove an adult female from the outside of the residence to safety and started trying address and conversate with an adult male inside the residence,” Walters said.

Police said the man barricaded himself inside and officers saw him through a window holding a rifle.

As officers tried to speak with the man, he opened the front door, holding a rifle and confronted police. Officers gave commands, but police said he did not comply.

"One shot was fired by a Chesterfield police officer and the adult male from inside the home was struck with that one round," Walters said.

“I was very shocked about it,” said Nazim Venkani, a neighbor.

Venkani was at work when the shooting happened, but saw the aftermath when he came home.

“I saw they blocked the whole neighborhood and I was stuck over there and couldn’t come in the neighborhood,” he said.

Venkani said he had to wait about 45 minutes until he was able to get to his home.

Police said when the bullet hit the man it caused him to drop the rifle. He was taken into custody and transported to VCU Medical Center with a critical injury. On Monday, police said doctors expect him to recover.

Venkani said he does not know the man personally.

“He’s always doing yard work and everything in the summertime,” he said. “We don’t speak much but he always waves when I go and come back. That’s all.”

Police said the woman involved in the situation was not hurt. A spokesperson added there were a few calls for service at the home in the past, but not for anything major.

Meanwhile, the shooting remains under investigation by Colonial Heights Police. An internal investigation will be done in Chesterfield County to make sure the officer acted appropriately.

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