RPD: Man who shot at Richmond police with an assault-style rifle also charged in Chesterfield killing

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police confirm that the man who police shot Thursday after he attacked them with an assault-style rifle is the same person accused of shooting and killing a man in Chesterfield early Thursday morning.

James E. Williams, Jr., 18, is currently in the custody of Chesterfield Police for the killing.

Richmond Police said they will charge Williams at a later time.

Four-year member of the Richmond Police Department, Officer Travis Dooley, is on paid leave after the incident in Richmond’s north side.

It all began Thursday morning when Richmond officers responded to reports of gunshots in the 1200 block of St. John Street in Gilpin Court. Officers there found an adult male who was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Minutes later, an officer on scene spotted a car that matched the description of the suspect vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled.

A pursuit then continued into city’s northside. When the suspect vehicle approached a dead end near Dill Avenue and Pollock Street, the vehicle stopped. That’s when one of the occupants exited the vehicle and began shooting at officers with an assault-style rifle, according to police.

The suspect has since been identified as James E. Williams, Jr.

Dooley immediately returned fire and struck the suspect, who was then transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Officer Dooley joined the department in January of 2014.

Another occupant inside the vehicle fled the scene. Police said in a release Thursday afternoon that the second suspect, a juvenile male, is now in custody. Police said they found him hiding in a nearby wooded area.

8News’ Amy Simpson reported more than two dozen officers staged at the scene in the city’s northside. SWAT units and detectives, with guns drawn, could be seen canvassing the area of Rady and 5th streets as well as nearby woods.

No officers were injured during the pursuit or shooting.

“This was outstanding police work by every officer involved in the incident, especially the pursuing officer who faced a deadly threat alone and acted without hesitation” RPD Chief Alfred Durham said in a release. “Think about this – the responding officers who applied the tourniquet saved the life of a man who had just attempted to kill one of their fellow officers. That is their commitment to the preservation of life.”

Dooley has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation and a report, as is usual in an officer-involved shooting. Body-camera video will not be released until the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office has ruled on the incident.

8News has crews at both scenes gathering additional details.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News online and on air for the latest updates.

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