Thursday, February 4, 2016

RPD to Host Community Job Fairs

February 4, 2016

The Richmond Police Department will host four Community Job Fairs at locations
across the city over the next two months and invites citizens seeking employment to

Job seekers will be able to attend seminars, get help writing a resume, and meet with potential employers from the Richmond area. The Richmond Police Department, Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC), Virginia Department of Corrections, Sunoco and Puritan Cleaners are among the employers attending. Computers will be available on site so job seekers can apply for jobs electronically.

Job fair dates and locations are as follows.

February 5, 2016
Hotchkiss Community Center
701 E. Brookland Park Boulevard

February 19, 2016
Bellemeade Community Center
1800 Lynhaven Avenue

March 4, 2016
Powhatan Community Center
5051 Northampton Street

March 18, 2016
Carillon Bell Tower at Byrd Park
600 S. Boulevard

All job fair events are free and open to the public. Employers interested in participating are encouraged to contact Sergeant Carol Adams at 804-646-4069 or email

Homicide-Suicide Investigation

February 4, 2016

The Richmond Police Department is investigating a homicide-suicide that was discovered following a report of a person down yesterday morning.

At approximately 7:57 a.m. on February 3, officers responded to the 1300 block of East Cary Street where they found Richard Burton, 58, of the 1800 block of Heckler Street in Henrico County, suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the manner of death suicide.

Investigation of that incident led detectives to conduct a welfare check on Mr. Burton’s girlfriend. At 6:24 p.m. yesterday, officers responded to the residence in the 2400 block of Burton Street. Inside they located the body of Velda L. Garner, 57, of the 2400 block of Burton Street, who had suffered an apparent gunshot wound.

The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Arcellious Demery at (804) 646-5999 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also submit a tip to Crime Stoppers online at or text 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.  All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Victim of Richmond-Henrico Turnpike Shooting Dies

February 2, 2016

The victim of a late-January shooting in the Brookland Park neighborhood has died, and the incident is now being investigated as a homicide.

At approximately 10:12 p.m. on January 27, officers responded to a call for random gunfire in the 3100 block of Richmond-Henrico Turnpike. When they arrived, officers quickly located Ericelle C. Coleman, 27, of the 3000 block of Moss Side Avenue, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital late Monday night.

Major Crimes detectives are working all available leads in this case and continue to gather additional information as part of the ongoing investigation. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Conrad Simms at (804) 646-0712 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also submit a tip to Crime Stoppers online at or text 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.  All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Monday, February 1, 2016

RPD to Introduce Body-Worn Cameras

February 1, 2016

WHAT:                        Mayor Jones and Chief Durham Address RPD Body-Worn Cameras
WHEN:                        10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 2, 2016

WHERE:                      RPD Headquarters, 200 W. Grace Street

BACKGROUND:          Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Chief Alfred Durham will introduce body-worn cameras within the Richmond Police Department this week. 

The pilot phase and eventual roll-out to all patrol officers as well as officer training on both types of Taser brand cameras acquired by the Department will be discussed. A demonstration of body-worn camera operations will also be conducted.

The media and the general public are encouraged to attend.

February 1, 2016

Suspect Sought in In & Out Food Store Robbery

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspect in the attached photo who robbed the In & Out Food Store last week.

At approximately 6:55 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, a male walked into the In & Out Food Store, located at 1017 Jefferson Davis Highway, brandished a gun, stole cash from the business and fled on foot towards Gordon Avenue. The suspect also approached the store from the direction of Gordon Avenue.

There were no injuries.

The suspect is described as a black male, 20-28 years of age, approximately 5’9” and weighing approximately 175 pounds. He wore a blue hooded jacket and blue jeans. He had his face partially covered.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this man’s identity to call First Precinct Detective Gaetano Drago at (804) 646-3395 or (804) 510-4182 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.


RPD Officer Shot, Arrest Made

January 31, 2016

Richmond Police detectives have arrested a man for shooting an RPD officer early this morning during a foot pursuit in the Brookland Park section of the city. The officer, a five year veteran of the force, suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds to his leg. The shooter, Keith V. Smith, Jr, 23, of the 3000 block of Griffin Avenue, was arrested and a weapon was recovered.

The shooting occurred at approximately 12:17 a.m. in the 2700 block of an alley between Hanes and Garland Avenues. The wounded officer was patrolling the area with two other RPD officers when they encountered Smith standing near the intersection of Garland Avenue and Hooper Street. A foot pursuit ensued during while Smith fired multiple shots at the officers, striking one of them. That officer returned fire but did not strike Smith. The other two officers did not discharge their weapons.

A search of the area by an RPD K-9 located Smith a few minutes later, not far away, hiding near a residence. A weapon was recovered at the same time and in the same location.

Smith has been charged with three felonies: Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Detectives will continue to consult with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and additional charges are expected.

Because an RPD officer discharged his weapon, detectives with the Force Investigation Team (FIT) will conduct a separate use of force investigation. The Department has no plans to release the name of the wounded officer as he was the only one injured. The officer remains hospitalized at this time and is expected to make a full recovery.

Detectives are not looking for any other suspects in this case.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Sergeant William Brereton at (804) 646-5034 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at  Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.  All the Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

                     Keith V. Smith, Jr.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

LIFE Program Offers Alternative to In-School Juvenile Arrest

January 19, 2016

The Richmond Police Department and Richmond Public Schools are proud to launch the LIFE Program, which is aimed at reducing the frequency and disparity of in-school juvenile arrests.

                                “Introduction to the criminal justice system comes too soon for many of Virginia’s young people,” said Police Chief Alfred Durham. “We see the LIFE program as a way to intervene and help at-risk youth make positive choices and become emerging leaders in their community.

                                Based on the evidence-based TAPS Academy program used across the nation, the 9-week LIFE program targets at-risk young people age 13-19, who’ve been involved in potentially criminal incident that could lead to their arrest. Instead, they are offered an alternate learning opportunity focused on constructive life lessons and enhancing that student’s ability for success.

“The launch of the LIFE program is a clear representation of the strong partnership between the Richmond Police Department and Richmond Public Schools,” said Dr. Dana Bedden, Superintendent of Richmond Public Schools. “We commend our local law enforcement for recognizing the need to provide our at-risk students with a positive alternative to help get their life back on the path to success and directly contribute to uplifting their communities."

The LIFE program not only provides an alternative to juvenile arrest, but breaks down barriers between law enforcement and the youth while affecting positive change in their educational future. Each participant will gain knowledge of the criminal justice system and healthy lifestyle choices and receive access to numerous educational and social resources.