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‘I’m not surprised at how he died,’ says ex-girlfriend of man killed in gunfight with police

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Posted at 12:21 AM, Aug 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-07 00:21:58-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The former girlfriend of the man shot and killed in a gunfight with Richmond police Wednesday just months after he was released from prison is shedding light on the suspect's violent past.

Sade Haley, who helped put the then 15-year-old Keshawn Hargrove behind bars five years ago, said it is hard to forget what happened on Aug. 7, 2010. She said she was left with a scar on her left leg from where Hargrove shot her with a .40 caliber handgun.

"We broke up and we got into an altercation," Haley said. "We got arguing, fighting and he started shooting basically at me and hit me in my leg."

Hargrove was sentenced to ten years behind bars for the malicious wounding of Haley with all 10 suspended and 5 years for a weapons charge. He would serve hard time in several super maximum security prisons for that charge, but was released on April 20.

 Keshawn Hargrove

KeshawnHargrove

"Well, it should have been some extra counseling or some extra help -- and it might have been better off for him," Sherine Newman, Haley's mother, said. "Just throwing him to the wolves did not help him, because it made him a wolf himself -- now look what happened."

Hargrove was the suspect in a shootout with police in the Fan Wednesday afternoon. Despite the double-digit shell casing markers, police said Hargrove was only hit once.

Officer Ryan Bailey, a nine-year veteran, was hit in the arm. His partner Jacob Deboard was also involved in the chaos.

"I'm surprised he was shooting at police of all people, but I'm not surprised at how he died," Hayley said. "I didn't know whether to feel good or bad or sad, but I do feel bad for his family.”

Sade Haley and child.

Sade Haley and child.

Now a mother, Hayley said she often thinks back to the day that changed her life forever. She feels blessed that she has an opportunity to raise her child.

While her mom said what happened still haunts her, she said she holds no hard feelings towards the Hargrove family.

"Thank God that my daughter is still here, because it could've been the other way," Newman said.

Chief Alfred Durham confirmed in a news conference Thursday that Hargrove was a person of interest in a July 23 shooting case in the Fan.