Man charged with felony assault on officer, attempted murder after southside shooting

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A 24-year-old has been arrested and charged with several offenses, including felony assault on a law enforcement officer, following a shooting in Richmond’s southside Tuesday night.

The incident occurred at roughly 10:15 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Estates apartment complex off Midlothian Turnpike.

Officers were called to the scene after a woman claimed she was shot at. Police say the woman was not hurt, but her car and apartment received several bullet holes.

After responding officers issued a description of the suspect, fellow officers with the Violence Suppression Team who were working nearby quickly responded to a nearby apartment complex located at 6701 Carnation Street after they observed a male who matched the suspect decription enter a vehicle.

Officers stopped the vehicle and detain the suspect, 24-year-old Donte Watts, who resisted and branished a handgun towards one of the officers. Watts pulled the trigger several times, but the gun did not fire, police say.

Watts was charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer, attempted murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Three other individuals who were inside the vehicle Watts were charged with crimes unrelated to Tuesday’s incident.

No officers were injured.

During a Tuesday afternoon press conference, RPD Chief Alfred Durham confirmed that three officers were involved in the incident. He said that one of them could have been killed, but none were injured. Durham added that no shots were fired.

Mayor Levar Stoney and Richmond Police Captain Chris Gleason also addressed the incident.

Matthew McClellan is following this story and will have a full report tonight on 8News at 11.

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