Robbery suspect shot by officer at Richmond shopping center

Posted at 7:21 PM, Mar 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-15 13:54:50-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting of a Hanover robbery suspect at a South Richmond shopping center Tuesday evening.

Richmond Police confirm the shooting happened around 6:44 p.m. at the Granite Hill Shopping Center on in the 6800 block of Forest Hill Avenue.

Crime Insider sources say the male suspect was shot in the arm outside the Food Lion in the shopping center.

Richmond Police say the incident involves an ongoing investigation with Hanover County.

Yesterday evening the Hanover Sheriff's Office was investigating a robbery that occurred at a Mechanicsville Walmart, according to police. They identified the suspect and warrants were issued.

During the investigation, Deputies saw the suspect operating the vehicle in the city and requested Richmond Police to come and assist, according to Police Chief Alfred Durham.

During the police stop, the suspect’s vehicle pulled into a parking lot in the 6800 block of Forest Hill Avenue.

“Officers approached and gave commands, at which point, one of the officers fired a round, striking the suspect,” said Durham.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Durham said forensic teams will conduct their investigation, investigators will now interview witnesses, talk to officers, review body camera footage and talk to the suspect when they are available to speak with authorities.

The Richmond officer who fired the shot will be placed on administrative leave, as is standard after all officer-involved shooting incidents.

Stay with CBS 6 for the latest on this developing story.

**The Chief of Police said at a press conference originally that the suspect was wanted for an armed robbery, but that was later corrected.

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