Richmond police officer indicted in Chesterfield teen murder

Richmond police officer indicted in Chesterfield teen murder
Paterson Brown Jr., a graduate of James River High School. (Source: NBC12)
Paterson Brown Jr., a graduate of James River High School. (Source: NBC12)
Richmond officer now charged, faces second-degree murder & use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. (Source: NBC12)
Richmond officer now charged, faces second-degree murder & use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. (Source: NBC12)
Police process the Oct. 17, 2015 crime scene. (Source: NBC12)
Police process the Oct. 17, 2015 crime scene. (Source: NBC12)

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond Police officer surrendered to Chesterfield Police late Thursday, after a grand jury indicted him on a second-degree murder charge.

The indictment stems from an October 2015 shooting of a Chesterfield teenager.

Officer David L. Cobb, 47, was off duty at the time, when 18-year-old Paterson Brown Jr. was seen driving through a car wash in Cobb's vehicle.

According to Chesterfield Police, Cobb approached Brown at a Sonoco gas station and told him to leave his vehicle. A confrontation escalated, and Cobb opened fire.

Employees told NBC12 that Cobb identified himself multiple times as a police officer. They said the young man did not seem to respond normally.

Medics rushed the teenager to Chippenham Hospital, where he later died.

The fatal argument happened in the 7500 block of Midlothian Turnpike on Oct. 17.

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, prosecutors presented the investigation to a Chesterfield County grand jury.

Cobb was indicted for second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in relation to the incident.

The officer turned himself in Thursday evening. He is currently being held at the Chesterfield County Jail without bond.

Richmond Police placed Cobb on administrative leave, pending the results of the investigation.

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