A Richmond police officer fatally shot a man during a traffic stop after a gun was pulled on officers, Police Chief Alfred Durham said at a news conference Monday evening.
Just after 6 p.m. Monday, officers in South Richmond saw a car driving in the 3900 block of Lynhaven Avenue that matched the description of a vehicle driven by a suspect in an attempted killing earlier in the day, according to Durham.
Warrants for attempted murder had been taken out for the suspect, and officers were issued an order to be on the lookout for the car and the suspect.
Officers from the 2nd Precinct, which covers most of South Richmond, stopped the vehicle.
“At some point, an officer got out of the vehicle and there was a gunshot fired,” Durham said. “The individual that operated the vehicle we were looking for sustained a gunshot wound and was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced (dead).”
It remains unclear whether the man who was shot was the suspect being sought by police. As of 9 p.m., a positive identification had not been made, Durham said.
A gun was recovered on the scene, the police chief said. He added that there were several witnesses to the shooting, including one neighbor who heard the officer yelling repeatedly, “Put the gun down.”
The shooting earlier Monday took place in the 1300 block of Armfield Road, which is close to Chippenham Parkway and Hull Street Road. It’s about 15 minutes and 5 miles from the Lynhaven location, which is close to the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway and Bells Road.
The Richmond Police Department’s Force Investigation Team was on the scene of the shooting Monday evening, canvassing neighbors and other witnesses, as well as speaking with the officers involved.
The police officer who shot the man is a two-year veteran of the department and will be put on administrative leave while the department investigates, Durham said. The officer’s identity was not released.