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Family, friends of man killed in police shooting question police chief

Posted at 12:08 AM, Aug 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-06 17:15:36-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Emotions ran high for the family and friends of the suspect shot and killed by Richmond Police Wednesday afternoon. Several of the man's family members confronted Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham.

“I’m not asking questions, I’m telling you at the end of the day there’s a dead young black male here who was shot excessively and unnecessarily,” one woman told the chief.

RPD chief talks to family and friends of suspect killed

RPD Chief Alfred Durham talks to family and friends of the suspect killed by police Wednesday.

The outcry came after police were called to the 2100 block of West Cary Street for a man with a gun. Two officers got there and said the suspect began to run. Gunfire was exchanged.

One of the officers was shot in the arm. The suspect was pronounced dead on the scene.

Chief Durham said the investigation is still in the early stages, but he would eventually go to the Commonwealth’s Attorney to determine if the shooting was justified.

According to close friends of the family, the suspect’s mother was on the scene talking to police. The friend said the mother was doing okay, and was working with police during the investigation.

“We have to let them do their job, and we have to do our job,” she told the crowd.