Richmond Police Chief Durham: Officer shot on duty Sunday released from hospital

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — At a press conference about body cameras on Tuesday, Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham said that an officer shot while on duty Sunday has been released from the hospital.

The officer was shot just after midnight Sunday in the 2700 block of an alley between Hanes and Garland Avenues. Investigators said the officer was questioning a suspect when that man took off, leading to a pursuit. As officers chased the suspect, he fired several shots at them. The bullets hit one officer in the leg. He suffered non-life threatening injuries. That officer returned fire but did not strike the suspect, who was later identified as 23-year-old Keith V. Smith, Jr., of the 3000 block of Griffin Avenue.

Police ultimately arrested Smith after a K-9 found him hiding near a residence. He has been charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Keith V. Smith, Jr. (Photo: Richmond Police)
Keith V. Smith, Jr. (Photo: Richmond Police)

Detectives are consulting with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and additional charges are expected.

Because an RPD officer discharged his weapon, the Force Investigation Team (FIT) is conducting a separate use of force investigation.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the injured officer.

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