Sentencing set for man convicted of shooting RPD officer

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

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Keith Smith, who was arrested in January for shooting a Richmond Police officer, was convicted of attempted capital murder and various firearms charges in court on Monday.

He will be sentenced on September 9.

The shooting occurred shortly after midnight on Sunday, January 31 in the 2700 block of an alley between Hanes and Garland Avenues. The wounded officer was patrolling the area with two other RPD officers when they encountered Smith standing near the intersection of Garland Avenue and Hooper Street. A foot pursuit ensued during while Smith fired multiple shots at the officers, striking one of them. That officer returned fire but did not strike Smith. The other two officers did not discharge their weapons.

The officer who was shot suffered non-life threatening injuries.

A search of the area by an RPD K-9 located Smith a few minutes later, not far away, hiding near a residence. A weapon was recovered at the same time and in the same location.

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