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RPD officers will not be charged in August police shootout

Posted at 5:48 PM, Oct 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-15 20:45:26-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- After their investigation, Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Herring and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office are not pressing charges on the two officers involved in the August police shootout in Richmond.

Keshawn Dominique Hargrove, 20, was killed in a shootout with two Richmond officers during a foot pursuit near the 2100 block of West Cary Street.

Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham released a statement that read:

“Today’s decision by Mr. Herring not to file charges against the officers is the result of a fair, impartial and independent investigation conducted by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.”

“It has always been my practice whenever members of this police department use force that results in death to inform the members of our communities to let the investigations take their course before rendering a judgement without having all of the facts.”

“Regardless of today’s decision, my officers and the family members of Hargrove will be forever impacted by the events that took place on the day of the shooting.”

Nine-year Richmond Police Department veteran Ryan Bailey was shot in the arm in the exchange of gunfire during the foot pursuit. Witnesses said after Bailey was shot, the officer’s partner Jacob DeBoard returned fire.

Officers DeBoard and Bailey will remain in an administrative leave status until the department completes its administrative investigation.