Richmond police officer shoots suspect in Henrico County

Richmond police officer shoots suspect in Henrico County
Published: Aug. 19, 2018 at 8:37 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2018 at 7:31 PM EDT
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - An investigation is underway after an on-duty Richmond police officer shot a suspect Saturday night in Henrico.

Police say around 10 p.m., a Richmond police officer tried stopping a vehicle around Darbytown Road and Blue Ridge Avenue. The man inside the car took off, leading officers on a short chase before jumping out of the car at an apartment complex on Edgelawn Circle in Henrico.

After a short chase on foot, police say the suspect and the officer got into some sort of altercation and that's when the officer pulled their gun, shooting the man.

Residents of the area say the man didn't say anything in the incident.

"Me and my boy was sitting on the bench, we were looking at everything," a witness, who did not want to be identified, said.

This man says he heard the moment a Richmond Police officer shot a suspect who they say was trying to get away.

"The police came up to our door and the man was running up the stairs because I saw him. The man didn't say anything, just BOW, they shot the man," the witness said.

"He was a young dude. About twenty or getting into his thirties," the witness said. "They could have said put up your hands or something. Just BOW.".

Edward Hord, who has lived in the apartment complex for almost 13 years, says he believes the suspect was driving a white van.

"I'm just glad he didn't go inside one of these apartments last night. That would have been all night long in a standoff," Hord said.

Many residents say they're worried this happened so close to home.

"I couldn't go to sleep last night, I was up all night," the witness said.

Detectives recovered a handgun at the scene.

It ended with the man shot and transported to a local hospital where he remains.

No Richmond Police officers were injured and no Henrico officers were present when the shooting happened.

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