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Police body cameras reveal altercation with suspect who shot Richmond officer

Posted at 12:05 AM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 00:06:05-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Crime Insider sources say a Richmond Police officer shot in his stomach last week has already had three surgeries with more scheduled at VCU Medical Center.

The suspect, 19-year-old Waseem Hackett has criminal ties to Goochland County and now more charges in Richmond.

Richmond Police were called to the 800 block of Semmes Avenue on the Southside early Tuesday morning for reports of an armed man.

Crime Insider sources say once officers got out of their car, they had to quickly retreat as shots were fired.

City Councilwoman Kim Gray said she was saddened by the news.

"I understand they're both stable now and these are officers putting lives on the line every day for us and they've endured a lot of stress since Friday night," Gray said.

CI sources said the officers’ body cameras were rolling, recording valuable visual and verbal evidence that will tie the shooter and at least one other man to the civil unrest in Richmond.

CBS 6 legal analyst Todd Stone said such statements are important evidence. "Those comments can show a state of mind where there was intent to shoot at the officers, and it can elevate the intent to prove an attempted capital murder," Stone said.

Hackett is charged with malicious wounding and a firearms charge.

He was also shot during the altercation with two rookie police officers and his injuries appear to be non-life-threatening.

"If the bond situation on malicious wounding is sufficient to hold him, that may be why they have not charged him with attempted capital murder at this point," said Stone.