Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Davee Gardens Neighbors Help Catch Shooting Suspect

On Monday evening, Chief Bryan T. Norwood and Richmond Police officers walked with members of the Davee Gardens neighborhood during a community walk through.

On Tuesday morning, Anthony C. Brooks Jr. shot a man and tried to hide in the Davee Gardens area. But everywhere he went, neighbors shouted out his location until officers were able to catch him.

“This is the power of having great community relationships. You couldn’t ask for a better example,” Second Precinct Capt. Harvey Powers said.

Officers received a call about the shooting at 11:14 a.m. Tuesday and found an adult male victim, who had been shot six times in the legs, in the 2200 block of Summerhill Avenue. He was taken to VCU Medical Center where is now in stable condition.

Neighbors told officers that Brooks was hiding in a shed, and as officers advanced toward the area, he jumped out and ran away. Aviation Officer Allen Hall circled the area and radioed Brooks’ location as he moved. With Brooks still in the neighborhood, but unable to be found, K9 Officer Wes Moore and K9 Sabot searched the area and found him hiding in another shed.

Brooks, 18, of no fixed address, has been charged with malicious wounding, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The Department would sincerely like to thank and commend the residents of Davee Gardens, Officer Hall, Officer Moore, K9 Sabot, all Second Precinct officers involved as well as DEC Communications Officer Tabitha Roane who helped make this speedy arrest.