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Area groups hold fundraiser for injured RPD officer

Posted at 4:35 PM, Jan 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-11 23:16:59-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Several local groups met to raise awareness and financial support for a Richmond police officer injured while exchanging gunfire with a suspect.

Citizens Against Crime is led a fundraiser for Officer William Turner on Sunday. Turner has been hospitalized for more than a week, following the shooting in the East End’s Fulton neighborhood.

Social media posts say Citizens Against Crime, along with faith leaders and local police, hope to raise about $5,000 to help Turner.

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The fundraiser took place at World Overcomers Church at 4908 Creedmore Street in Richmond.

Former police officer Cheryl Nici-O'Connell, who was shot in the head while working for RPD in 1984, took part in the service for Turner.

Nici-O'Connell  said Turner is likely experiencing a mix of emotions that he'll need help with.

"I'm here to tell you when you get shot, people try to understand, but unless it’s something you’ve been through, you can’t understand 100-percent. You’re almost afraid to talk to anybody,” she said.

Police have served warrants to 20-year-old Tamar Harris for felony charges including malicious wounding. Harris was also hospitalized after the gunfire exchange with Turner.

Officer William Turner