Officer, suspect injured in shoot-out in Richmond alley

Suspect has been identified as 20-year-old Dakari Reinhardt.
RPD says the officer and the suspect exchanged gunfire in a nearby alley.
Published: Jul. 25, 2022 at 7:14 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 25, 2022 at 5:56 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened early Monday morning.

According to police, shortly before 3:30 a.m. on July 25, officers saw a vehicle speeding. After the car crashed, the driver and sole occupant ran from the vehicle at the intersection of Commerce Road and Stockton Street.

Police say the suspect 20-year-old Dakari Reinhardt ran into the community of Townes at the Riverside apartment complex.

“The driver entered a nearby breeze way in the apartment complex. There was an exchange of gunfire between the driver and the officer,” Richmond Police Department Chief Gerald Smith said.

Smith says they still are working to find out who shot first.

Both the suspect and officer sustained gunshot wounds and were taken to the hospital for treatment. Smith says the Reinhardt was shot in the upper torso and the officer was shot in the hip.

“His injuries are non-life threatening at this time. He’s being cared for by his wife and family, and of course, other officers as well too. He will be on the long haul to recovery, and we will be there for him. As far as the suspect is concerned, he is in ICU. I believe and (his injuries) are still life-threatening at this time,” Smith said.

The suspect is being held on several outstanding warrants.

“He is being held currently on warrants out of Richmond out of capius, warrants from Richmond for failure to appear, a warrant from Chesterfield for felony eluding police, and one from Henrico for misdemeanor capius,” Smith said.

Police did recover a handgun from the scene.

Smith says they’re looking to speak with witnesses or anyone who knows any information. If you know any information or have a tip, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers.

Richmond police held a press conference on Monday afternoon about the incident. Watch the full press conference below:

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