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Man shot by Richmond Police Officer charged with multiple crimes

Posted at 4:36 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 16:36:37-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- The man shot by a Richmond Police officer on New Year's Eve was charged with multiple crimes, according to a Richmond Police spokesperson.

Officer Ja-Ontay Wilson shot and wounded Orlando J. Carter Jr. on Coalter Street when police said Carter pointed a gun at the officer.

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Orlando J. Carter Jr.

"At approximately 5:05 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2020, two officers attempted to stop a vehicle at the intersection of N. 20th Street and Fairmount Avenue. The vehicle failed to stop and was pursued to the 1300 block of Coalter Street where the vehicle crashed,"a Richmond Police spokesperson wrote in an email. "Orlando Carter Jr., the sole occupant of the vehicle exited the car with a firearm, attempted to flee and pointed a firearm at Officer Ja-Ontay Wilson. Officer Wilson discharged his service weapon, striking Carter Jr. Responding officers called for EMS and began rendering medical assistance. Carter Jr. was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries."

Carter Jr. was charged with possession of a firearm while being a convicted felon, felony attempt to elude police, reckless driving, and additional driving-related offenses, according to police. Officer Wilson was put on administrative while the investigation continues.

Anyone with information was asked to call Major Crimes Det. B. Thompson at 804-646-3925 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.