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Richmond Police shooting suspect out of hospital, sent to jail

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Posted at 1:49 PM, Jan 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-13 13:49:26-05

RICHMOND, Va. — The man accused of shooting Richmond Police officer William Turner was released from the hospital Tuesday, appeared in court and then was sent to jail.

Tamar X. Harris, 20, of Old Denny Road, was charged with aggravated assault and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony following the January 2 shooting.

Tamar Harris (PHOTO: Richmond Police)

Tamar Harris (PHOTO: Richmond Police)

Additional charges may be placed against Harris pending the outcome of the police investigation.

Harris is accused of opening fire on Officer Turner after Turner responded to Richmond’s Fulton neighborhood for a report of a man who suffered from emotional issues.

Turner, a 30-year veteran of the Richmond Police Department, was shot in the stomach. Another bullet grazed his head. Turner survived the shooting and continues to recover at the hospital.

Turner was able to return fire and shot Harris during the exchange of gunfire.

Harris is due back in court March 5.

Support for Officer Turner

Officer William Turner (PHOTO: Richmond Police)

Officer William Turner (PHOTO: Richmond Police)

Over the weekend, several local groups met to raise awareness and financial support for Officer Turner.

Chris Gobble, a partner at Home Team Grill, posted on Facebook that a percentage of Sunday’s sales at the restaurant’s Fan location will go to support the Richmond Police Department and Officer Turner.

“We will both donate a percentage of sales and except donations,” he wrote.