3 injured, including 2 police officers in Chesterfield
The officers were responding to a call involving an “emotionally disturbed person”
CHESTERFIELD, Va.(WWBT) - Two officers were shot Tuesday evening after responding to “an emotionally disturbed person” in the Broadwater community in Chesterfield.
Chesterfield Police said two officers were responding to a call about a man who was going through “ some type of emotional distress” along Timsberry Circle in Chester.
“They met the gentleman, began to talk to him, also talked to some of his family,” said Major Mike Louth with the Chesterfield Police Department.
At one point, police said the officers got separated. One officer was with family members, and the other officer was with the person who called, according to Major Louth.
“Somewhere in the mix of things, everything is still pretty preliminary. We’re trying to work out the details, but there was an altercation that took place between the suspect in this case and the officer that was with him,” he said.
Chesterfield Police Chief Jeffery Katz says the person attacked one officer while another officer was interviewing family members. The officer who was attacked was shot in the chest and avoided life-threatening injuries by wearing a bulletproof vest.
Hearing the commotion, the second officer ran to assist their partner and was shot in the upper leg. The person at the center of this call was also shot, but police couldn’t provide any details on where their gunshot wound is.
The subject, who police said is now in custody, and the officers were taken to area hospitals for treatment and are expected to recover.
“One of those situations where you know everyone that’s available is going to be coming as quickly as they can to get to this particular scene to try and get things secure, make sure that first aid is rendered not only to our officers but to the suspect as well to make sure that everybody is in a place where you know can survive whatever happened here,” said Major Louth.
The incident is still in the early stages of the investigation as officers review body camera footage and interview witnesses, according to Major Louth.
Police Chief Jeffrey Katz said in a statement, “ We are grateful for your prayers and support, and I want you to know we are going to do our best to keep you all informed as our investigation develops.”
Chief Katz also said, " This is a scary time, but we will get through this together, and we will ensure sufficient support is made available to all those impacted.”
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