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Richmond Police investigate officer-involved shooting; caller said man was kicking-in door

Posted at 2:00 AM, Jan 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-21 12:15:12-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Police shot a man who -- it was believed -- fired at officers during a "brief foot pursuit," according to a Richmond Police spokesperson. The man was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

The situation began at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday when officers were called to the 1400 block of North 1st Street for a "trouble unknown" call.

"A second call was received approximately six minutes later stating there was a male attempting to kick a door in," Richmond Police spokesperson Chelsea Rarrick said. "Officers arrived and spotted a male suspect. The suspect fled and a brief foot pursuit ensued. It is believed the suspect fired at the officer and the officer returned fire, striking the suspect."

The shooting was reported one block over along the 1400 block of St. James Street.

That's where one neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous, told CBS 6 she looked out her window to see blue lights, and a line of police cars.

"Everything was blocked off. Even right beside my house," she said. "More police cars keep coming and coming."

She said violence was -- unfortunately -- common in that area.

"My kids are getting used to the sound of gunshots. Which is not something I want them to get used to," she said. "I'm moving. I'm going to leave."

Richmond Police said the suspect was taken to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

"The officer is currently on paid administrative leave while the investigation is being conducted," Rarrick said.

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