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Suspect wounded in officer-involved shooting at Southside apartments

Posted at 7:58 PM, Jan 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-27 21:38:09-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in a South Richmond neighborhood that sent one man to the hospital Saturday afternoon.

James Mercante with Richmond Police said officers in the 600 block of Lambath Road, at the St. John's Wood apartments, spotted a group of people 4:17 p.m.

In that group was one person police called a “known wanted party.”

As officers approached, the individuals fled.

“Just a few steps away, gunfire was exchanged,” Mercante said.

It is unclear how many shots were fired, but detectives described it as an exchange of gunfire.

Officials said no officers were injured in the shooting.

Police said a suspect was wounded and transported to an area hospital with injuries that called not life-threatening, Mercante said.

Officials said the suspect's name will be released when charges are filed.

Other members of the group were detained, but there has been no word what if any charges they will face.

Jon Burkett is the Crime Insider. Watch for his reports weeknights on CBS 6 News at 11 p.m.

Jon Burkett is the Crime Insider. Watch for his reports weeknights on CBS 6 News at 11 p.m.

Crime Insider sources said this case is linked to a string of person-to-person robberies involving mobile sales apps.

Those sources said that officers were undercover when the suspects showed up.

Police said they are still in the early stages of their investigation and no additional details were available at last check.

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