Monday, October 24, 2011

Officer Involved Shooting Update

A Chesterfield man has been identified as the suspect in the Officer Involved Shooting incident on Friday. The Richmond Police Department arrested Morris D. Dewitt, 47, of the 8000 block of Fallbrooke Drive and charged him with defective equipment, attempt to elude and attempted capital murder of a police officer.

Dewitt remains at VCU Medical Center with an injury that is not considered life threatening. His photo will be released when available.

At approximately 10:50 p.m. Friday, officers attempted to make a traffic stop near Maury Street. The vehicle did not stop and officers pursued the vehicle for several blocks. The preliminary investigation shows the suspect vehicle struck several Department vehicles before coming to a stop at Maury Street near the I-95 underpass just past the Brander Street Pumping Station.

Officers approached the vehicle and attempted to make an arrest. Due to aggressive actions towards the officers by the suspect an officer fired a service weapon and struck the suspect.

No Department officer was injured during the incident.

The Department’s Force Investigation Team is examining the incident, per Department policy. The facts and circumstances, including actions by the officers and the suspect, will be documented and submitted to the Commonwealth’s Attorney.