CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — Police are still working to find the person responsible for firing several gunshots at an off duty sheriff’s deputy Monday night.
The shooting comes as Chesterfield Police spent Tuesday honoring fallen police officers.
It was shortly before 9 p.m. Monday night when an off duty sheriff’s deputy was working security at the Addison Apartments off of Hull Street Road. Police say a gold or tan Chevy sedan made a quick maneuver in front of the deputy and started firing shots before taking off toward Hull Street Road. Luckily the officer was okay.
“I thank God we didn’t lose another officer last night,” said Lieutenant Colonel Dan Kelly with Chesterfield Police.
Tuesday Chesterfield County Police honored fallen officers during a wreath ceremony. It’s a ceremony that takes place every year but one that Kelly says seems more poignant this year with the publicized violence against officers across the country and last night’s shooting.
“Last night what happened here in Chesterfield County does hit very close to home with the ambush style attack, that we had on one of our sheriff’s deputies,” said Kelly.
Kelly says they’ve been working non stop on the case and are doing everything they can to find the suspect.
“We have our detectives out there all day today, tracking down every lead, talking to every person and it really is a heightened sense of security for our community,” said Kelly.
But he says while there is a heightened sense of awareness, officers knew the dangers when they signed up and are happy to serve.
“Men and women in law enforcement do this job everyday, day in, day out with a dedication to their community because we do love our community and without each other it would be a very difficult job indeed.”
If you have any information about the gold or tan Chevy sedan, you’re asked to call Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.
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