RPD holds fundraiser for officer shot during pursuit in November

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police are holding a Super Bowl fundraiser Sunday night for the officer shot in the line of duty back in November.

Authorities say the gunman had taken two hostages and then forced them to rob a bank. One of them called 911.

Officer Matthew Cavanaugh, a 22-year RPD vet, was shot during a slow pursuit of their vehicle through Church Hill. Cavanaugh has been off work and recovering ever since.

For Cavanaugh, Sunday night was about more than just rooting for his favorite team to win the Superbowl, but seeing the tremendous show of support from fellow Richmond police officers.

“The outpouring of support that they’ve shown throughout this process has just been phenomenal, and I’m talking top to bottom, from the guys I work with to the guys downtown at headquarters,” said Cavanaugh.

On Sunday, fellow RPD officers gathered at Jack Brown’s to watch the big game and give back to one of their own.

“Anytime we’re involved in a critical incident, we’re off of work for several months, so when we can put events like this together it’s really good,” explained Travis Thompson, the event’s organizer. “Obviously money reasons, but also, you’re off of work so you’re not getting that comradery that you would normally have every day.”

“I’m a big supporter of Richmond police”, said Richmond City Councilman Jon Baliles. “What they’re doing.and, part of community policing is for the community to give back to the police department. They give so much to us, and we need to give back to them and it’s so great that Jack Brown’s is donating money to his recovery.”

Along with collecting donations, a portion of the sales from Jack Brown’s tonight will go to Cavanaugh and his family.

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