RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham held a press conference on Thursday in regards to a shooting yesterday that left a suspect dead and two officers injured.
Officers were called to the 2100 block of Cary Street near S. Meadow Street after receiving reports of an armed man in the area.
The suspect was identified as 20-year-old Ke’shawn Hargrove. Chief Durham says police have been in touch with Hargrove’s mother since his death.
According to investigators, when police spotted Hargrove, he took off, then turned around with a weapon and fired. After gunfire subsided, a responding officer was hit and the suspect was dead. Police say Hargrove fired multiple shots and was only shot once by police. Officers did not reload guns or shoot at Hargrove more than once.
Responding officers were Ofc. Ryan Bailey, a nine-year veteran of the force, and Ofc. Jacob DeBoard, who was the officer of the month in April 2012.
Officer Bailey was shot, sent to VCU Medical Center and then released Wednesday night. He’s recovering at home now.
Another officer was injured when he flipped his cruiser while responding to the officer down call. He was identified as Nicholas Castrinos. He is also recovering now and is expected to be okay.
Chief Durham said he lost sleep over rumors that officers had acted with inappropriate force. He said officers have a right to defend themselves under the threat of bodily harm.
Durham also said that the shooting was not racially motivated.
“This is not Ferguson, this is not South Charleston,” Chief Durham said.
Police say they have interviewed witnesses, collected evidence and an autopsy has been done for Hargrove.
“You can’t deny forensic evidence, witness accounts,” Chief Durham said. “That’s what will complete this investigation. I’m going to be open and honest with the community. That’s what I said from day one.”
The Commonwealth’s Attorney will review the investigation. It should be about 30 to 45 days before the investigation is complete.
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