HENRICO COUNTY, Va. – The man shot during an officer-involved shooting in Henrico’s far West End Thursday night has died.
Henrico Police officers responded to the 2300 block Strangford Court to assist Richmond Police in locating a wanted man who was being served an arrest warrant for a carjacking that occurred February 25, 2020 in the city.
Police say they located the wanted man in the driveway, but he fled inside the residence. As officers approached the home, police say they witnessed the wanted man stabbing a woman with a knife.
“A Henrico Police officer, who was positioned closest to the attacker, discharged his service weapon, striking the adult male,” said a Henrico Police spokesperson.
Police said aid was rendered to the man and female victim at the scene.
The man was transported to the hospital where he died of his injuries. He has not been identified, pending notification of next of kin.
The female victim sustained multiple stab wounds and was transported to and area hospital. She is in critical but stable condition, according to police.
A three-year-old who was inside the home during the incident was unharmed. The child is currently being cared for by family members in the Richmond area.
Henrico Chief of Police Humberto I. Cardounel, Jr. released a statement following the fatal shooting.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved in this traumatic event. This incident underscores the difficult decisions law enforcement officers are faced with on a daily basis. Sworn to serve and protect, our officers are trained to use deadly force as an absolute last resort. However, initial details in this incident suggest the actions of the officers saved the life of the female victim being violently attacked – had they not acted more swiftly, more lives may have been tragically lost. I continue to have complete faith in the men and women sworn to protect our community and have every confidence in the teams tasked with objectively investigating this incident. Please be mindful we are in the very early stages of this investigation and will provide updates as we gather the facts.”
Neither the female victim nor the officer involved will be identified at this time, per Henrico Police policy.
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative assignment, which is standard procedure in any officer-involved incident.
Officer Involved Investigations Team and Team and Criminal Investigations Section are investigating the fatal shooting.
Once the investigations are complete, the findings will be turned over to the Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney, Shannon Taylor.