Charges withdrawn in Md. for man shot by officer in Portsmouth

Michael L. Smith at Portsmouth City Jail (WAVY/Joel Hilton)
Michael L. Smith at Portsmouth City Jail (WAVY/Joel Hilton)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Charges have been withdrawn in Maryland for a man who was shot in Portsmouth by a Chesapeake police officer.

Chesapeake Police Officer Elliott Boyd shot Michael Smith on South Street in June while trying to serve him fugitive warrants from Maryland.

WAVY News’ Andy Fox learned Friday that the first and third degree burglary charges against Michael Smith in Maryland were withdrawn. However, pending additional evidence, they could be brought back.

Smith is out of police custody, but still has the bullet in him from when he was shot.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney ruled that the shooting was accidental, and Officer Boyd will not face charges. He remains on leave, and an internal investigation continues.

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