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Man shot by Hanover deputy now faces assault charges; County withholds 911 call, bodycam footage

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Posted at 6:03 PM, Oct 09, 2023

RICHMOND, Va. -- CBS 6 learned Monday that the man who was shot by a Hanover deputy following what the sheriff's office called a domestic disturbance has been charged with domestic assault and assault on a law enforcement officer.

On October 4, the Hanover Sheriff's Office said a deputy was called to a home on Shellie Lee Drive for a domestic disturbance.

When the deputy arrived, police said Hamon had a knife and confronted the officer.

The deputy then shot Hamon multiple times.

According to Hamon's sister Jennifer Hamon, who witnessed the shooting, the entire encounter played out "immediately" after the deputy arrived to the home. She said Hamon was shot "within 10 seconds."

Hamon survived but was taken to a hospital in critical condition. According to family, Hamon's condition has since improved, but he remains in the hospital.

Jennifer told CBS 6 that she is the one who called 911, after her brother began to suffer from a severe mental health crisis that day.

She and her mother were inside the house with Hamon at the time, and she said he was screaming, hiding in the corner of the room, and threatening to kill himself.

Jennifer said Hamon has schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

As to the assault charge against her brother, Jennifer said Hamon did not physically hurt her or her mother.

She regrets calling 911.

"To live with the fact that I’m the one who had the cops come here, it’s unbearable. It is the most awful feeling in the world because I really thought I was getting my brother help," Jennifer said in an interview with CBS 6 on Friday. "I want to be able to see him and tell him how sorry I am, that I should've never ever called 911."

She also said she told dispatchers during that call that Hamon needed help and that he was not in the right state of mind.

CBS 6 filed a Freedom of Information request with Hanover Emergency Communications to get a recording of the 911 call Jennifer placed. However, Hanover opted not to release the record at this time, citing an ongoing investigation as the reasoning.

Virginia's Freedom of Information Act states that law enforcement is not prohibited from releasing such records during ongoing investigations, rather that the release of such records is discretionary.

Additionally, Hanover 911 and the Sheriff's Office declined to answer CBS 6's questions regarding the information that was provided to the 911 dispatcher, how the dispatcher logged the call, and what information was relayed to the responding deputy.

"We will not be providing any information related to the call based on the Sheriff’s Office investigation," said Charlie Udriet with Hanover's 911 office.

CBS 6 filed another public records request with the Hanover Sheriff's Office for body camera footage along with all existing incident reports. The Sheriff's office also opted not to release those records at this time.

"Due to the pending nature of this investigation, we are not releasing any further details at this time," said Sergeant Steven Wills with the sheriff's office.

This is an ongoing investigation, and CBS 6 will continue to follow the case as it develops.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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