Richmond Police officer shot Wednesday identified, released from hospital

Officer Ryan Bailey (Photo: Richmond Police)

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Two Richmond Police officers are recovering after a shooting that left one man dead on Wednesday evening.

One of those officers, a nine year veteran of the force, was shot by a suspect. 8News has confirmed that the suspect is dead.

The officer’s injuries are non-life threatening. He was transported to VCU Medical Center and is expected to be okay. Two sources have told 8News that the officer was released from the hospital last night. Sources have also told us that the officer that was shot is Officer Ryan Bailey.

Officer Ryan Bailey (Photo: Richmond Police)
Officer Ryan Bailey (Photo: Richmond Police)

Officer Bailey has earned many kudos from the police department before for arrests in car thefts and catching a burglar.

While responding to the shooting, another officer’s vehicle flipped over. That officer was transported to the hospital as well. When taken from the car, he was conscious and breathing.

flipped car

It happened in the 2100 block of Cary Street near S. Meadow Street after he and another officer responded to a report of an armed man.

According to investigators, when police spotted the suspect, he took off and then turned around with a weapon. Gunfire was exchanged and when it ended, an officer was hit and the suspect was dead.

A friend of the suspect spoke to 8News shortly after it happened and said they were devastated.

“I’m tired of it all don’t know was right who was wrong, but that’s somebody’s son and obviously my friend and it makes me feel horrible.”

The two officers involved in this shooting are now on administrative leave while the department investigates.

Detectives were back on scene this morning investigating.

We’re hoping to learn more about the suspect later on today as well as additional information about the two officers involved in the shooting. Police are expected to hold a news conference at 1 p.m. We’ll have a live stream on air and online.

Stay with 8News for continuing coverage of this developing story.

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