NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Two Norfolk police officers who fired their service weapons Saturday night are now on administrative duty, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
According to Public Information Officer Daniel Hudson, shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday, officers observed a suspicious vehicle on East Little Creek Road. When officers radioed in the license plate, they learned the car had been stolen about three hours earlier on Wellington Street. The car was left running and unattended at the time it was stolen. Officers tried to pull the vehicle over on Dallas Street.
In a release, the Norfolk Police Department stated:
The vehicle stopped briefly, at which time the officers approached the vehicle. As the officers approached, the driver accelerated towards one of the two officers involved in the stop. Both officers fired their service weapons during the incident. The vehicle continued to accelerate from the scene for a short distance, before all the occupants exited the vehicle and fled on foot.
Monday, 10 On Your Side learned one of the bullets fired by the officers struck the home of a woman who lives in the area. Her mailbox and door frame were damaged, and she was shaken.
“Now I’m really concerned because my door got hit by one of these bullets, and I wanted to know what was going on and why are they shooting the way they was out here,” she told WAVY.com. “You have innocent bystanders, you know?”
Police told WAVY.com all five people in the car were teenagers, and therefore, no information on the suspects would be released. WAVY.com does know the driver of the stolen car was arrested and faces charges of attempted malicious wounding and grand larceny. None of the other teens face any charges.
Monday, Officer Hudson told WAVY.com the car was stolen on Wellington Avenue around 8:15 p.m. Saturday. That was about three hours before, and three miles away from where police tried to stop the vehicle.
WAVY.com obtained a copy of the Norfolk Police Department’s policy on use of a firearm on a moving vehicle. It reads in part:
The substantial risks generated by the use of gunfire against moving vehicles, in combination with the likelihood that such gunfire will fail to achieve its goal, demand that officers resort to firing only in the most extreme and exceptional circumstances.
WAVY.com also learned that the officers involved in the shooting were wearing body cameras at the time of the shooting. But Hudson said that video will not be released, at this time.
Check back to WAVY.com as we continue to learn more about this officer-involved shooting.