RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Richmond police officer was wounded and a suspect was killed Wednesday in an exchange of gunfire, authorities said.
Police Chief Alfred Durham said the shooting occurred after police responded to a report of a person with a weapon in an area west of downtown. He said two officers approached the man, who fled. Police gave chase, he said, and shots were fired.
The officer, who is white, was shot in the arm and was taken to a hospital. The suspect, who was black, died at the scene, Durham said.
The officer is a nine-year veteran of the department, Durham said. Neither the officer’s identity nor the deceased man’s was immediately released.
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Durham said he could not say who shot first or how many shots were fired. A handgun was recovered at the scene.
About three dozen people gathered near the scene of the shooting Wednesday evening and confronted the police chief about what they considered police overreach.
Shootings of black men by white police officers have prompted protests in Missouri, South Carolina and elsewhere in the past several months. Durham downplayed the racial factor in Wednesday’s shooting.
Durham said he understood that residents were upset, but “nothing gets solved by the hollering.”
He urged patience while the incident is investigated and a report filed with the Richmond prosecutor, who will determine whether the officer’s shooting of the man was justified.