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Man who lost his arm in Chesterfield Police shooting ’embarrassed’ by behavior

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Posted at 3:27 PM, Dec 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-16 20:26:32-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- The man shot by Chesterfield Police officers during a domestic dispute with his wife was sentenced to  12 years behind bars. The judge suspended most of Robert Murphy's sentence.

Murphy, 53,  was wheeled into Chesterfield Court Tuesday for his sentencing hearing. Murphy, who lost his right arm and part of a lung when police shot him, told the court he was sorry for the incident.

Robert Murphy

Robert Murphy

"I never meant for it to happen and I’m embarrassed by it," Murphy said prior to his sentencing.

Police shot Murphy in February when he pulled out a gun after officers were called to his home along the 400 block of Pocono Drive.

"Police spoke to the female complainant, who had fled the residence and gone to a neighbor’s house for help. Officers learned that her husband, Murphy, had brandished a pistol at her after an argument,” police wrote in an email hours after the shooting. "As officers attempted to make contact with Murphy, he emerged from the residence and pointed a pistol at the officers, who then shot him."

Frank LaRufffa, with the Chesterfield County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, said Murphy would be credited with time served. That, combined with the suspended sentences, meant Murphy would spend about another two months in jail.

Murphy's sentence broke down as follows:

  • Five years, with four-and-a-half years, suspended for assaulting a police officer
  • Five years, with four-and-a-half years, suspended for assaulting a police officer
  • 12 months, with 12 months suspended, for assault
  • 12 months, with eight months suspended, for brandishing a firearm

The addition to jail time, the judge ordered Murphy continue to undergo mental evaluations, banned him from drinking alcohol and ordered him not to possess a firearm.