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Burpees for Officer Bailey: Crossfitters aid wounded RPD officer

Posted at 6:19 PM, Aug 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-15 18:21:30-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- It has been 10 days since Richmond Police officer Ryan Bailey was shot by an armed suspect in an alley in the Fan district.  Saturday, a group of supporters pushed their bodies with an intense workout at Crossfit RVA, and all the proceeds from the event went to Bailey's family, organizers said.

Crossfit RVA workout

Officer Daniel Dixson participated in Saturday's workout.  He has worked with Bailey in the 3rd precinct since the 9-year veteran joined the force.  Dixson said Bailey is at home with his family, recovering from his wound.

Officer Dixson has worked with Officer Bailey since he joined the force.

Officer Dixson has worked with Officer Bailey since he joined the force.

"He's just a great guy, approachable, great in the community," said Dixson when asked about his colleague.  "It's scary. Especially when it's one of your buddies that you know, that you see almost everyday. It's one of those things that really hits home and make you think."

"I had some contact with some officers in the 3rd Precinct that told me officer Bailey is the sole breadwinner; he has three children and a wife. And these guys live off their overtime money," said Charlie Diradour, who helped organize the workout.

Third Precinct Officer Ryan Bailey. PHOTO: Richmond Police.

Third Precinct Officer Ryan Bailey. PHOTO: Richmond Police.

Bailey and officer Jacob DeBoard are on administrative leave while RPD conducts an use of force investigation, which is standard protocol when an officer discharges their weapon.

Twenty-year old Keshawn Hargrove was killed when officers returned fire, according to police.

"It's probably going to be a little tough for him to get back out there, get in the routine, and get into the swing of things," said Dixson.  "But like I said, he's an awesome dude, a really cool guy, and he'll do great."