Suspect shot by Norfolk officer dies

Norfolk Police officers gather outside Calvary Towers on E. Virginia Beach Blvd. on June 4, 2014.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The man shot by a Norfolk police officer at an assisted living facility Wednesday afternoon has died.

Officer Daniel Hudson said police responded to Calvary Towers on E. Virginia Beach Blvd. around 3 p.m. to serve an emergency custody order. The adult male they were there to see threatened an officer with a knife and the officer was forced to fire at the suspect, Hudson said.

The injured suspect was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he died. The officer was not hurt.

Police have identified the man as 72-year-old Lawrence H. Faine. Police would not comment on the man’s mental state, but residents of the building tell 10 On Your Side he was unstable.

“The man was sick, he had a problem,” said a woman who lives in the building but did not want her name to be used. Another resident, Robert Davis, says Spain was mentally ill.

Hudson explained that a judge or magistrate issues an emergency order to place a person in custody for either that person’s safety or the safety of another person.

Today’s officer-involved shooting comes one day before services for Norfolk Police Officer Brian Jones, who was shot and killed in the line of duty Friday night. That’s two fatal shootings in less than a week for the department.

It is also the second shooting reported in Norfolk Wednesday. A male victim was shot in the 2400 block of Princess Anne Road, across the street from Booker T. Washington High School. The school was placed on lockdown as a precaution.

While some residents wondered if the shooting at Calvary Towers was justified, another resident said the officer “had to do what he had to do to protect himself” when the man pulled a knife.

Hudson said the status of the officer involved in the shooting is being determined as part of the police investigation.

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