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Henrico officer who shot into car, wounding female passenger, appears in court

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Posted at 11:00 AM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 11:08:35-04

HENRICO, Va. -Joel Greenway, the Henrico County police officer indicted for shooting a woman during a Dec. 15 traffic stop on Nine Mile Road, appeared in court Monday, March 28.  The status hearing was pushed back to May 31.

The defense said there was discovery from the Commonwealth, in addition to a lot of papers to go through, so they asked for more time.

Defense plans to get an expert to see if his role in the shooting was acceptable. They also asked for access to Greenway’s internal affairs file.

Greenway was charged in February with malicious wounding, shooting into an occupied vehicle and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Kimberly McNeil was a passenger in her boyfriend’s parked car, when Greenway came up on the passenger side and asked them to roll down the window, according to sources familiar with the case. Those sources said the driver started to pull away – and that is when the officer started shooting into the vehicle from the passenger side.

“The investigation was led by two Henrico County Police violent crimes detectives and brought before a grand jury. The grand jury found probable cause to issue true bills of indictment for malicious wounding, use of a firearm during the commission of malicious wounding, and maliciously shooting into an occupied vehicle. The grand jury considered the facts of the case and made a decision, as they would in any case,” Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor said.

McNeil survived the shooting in which she suffered four gunshot wounds to her neck and hands.

The victim’s cousin said the family felt frustration that the case has been pushed back and that his cousin Kimberly is still recovering from her injuries.