Richmond police identify suspect injured in officer-involved shooting

Richmond police investigating officer-involved shooting

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond police have identified the suspect who was injured in an officer-involved shooting that happened on New Year’s Eve.

The suspect, identified as Orlando J. Carter Jr., has been charged with possession of a firearm while being a convicted felon, felony attempt to elude police, reckless driving and additional driving-related offenses.

RPD’s Chief Gerald Smith said officers tried pulling a vehicle over around 5:05 p.m. at 20th Street and Fairmount Avenue after they saw it driving recklessly.

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Chief Smith briefing media on officer involved shooting in the 1300 block of Coalter Street

Posted by Richmond Police Department on Thursday, December 31, 2020

Officials said the driver, identified as Carter, did not pull over and a chase ensued before the vehicle struck a parked vehicle in the 1300 block of Coalter Street.

The chief said Carter then got out of the vehicle with a weapon in hand and tried to run away towards the officers. Polise said Carter “pointed a firearm at Officer Ja-Ontay Wilson. Officer Wilson discharged his service weapon, striking Carter Jr.”

RPD says officers rendered first aid immediately and the suspect was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said they recovered the suspect’s firearm at the scene.

The suspect's firearm.
The suspect's firearm. (Source: Richmond Police)

Officials said Officer Ja-Ontay Wilson has been with the Richmond Police Department for three years. He has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.

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