NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Norfolk Police Department have released a statement saying that the officer-involved shooting on March 16 was in fact recorded on the officer’s body camera, contrary to a previous report that the officer did not activate his device.
Norfolk Police officers responded to the area of 25th and Leo streets late Monday night after getting a 911 call about at least two men walking down a street shooting firearms. Twenty-two-year-old Dominique Chapman, armed with a gun, was located by an officer in that area. When the officer confronted Chapman, shots were fired and Chapman sustained a gunshot wound that was not life-threatening, according to police.
Norfolk police said in the statement, “Because of the technology used, the body worn cameras automatically capture 30 seconds of video immediately prior to activation. No audio is captured during this period. As is policy, the data from the officer’s body worn camera was preserved. During a review of all evidence in this case, it was discovered that the shooting incident was captured in the 30 second period prior to the camera’s activation.”
Chapman was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and altering a serial number or other identification on a firearm. He was later released on $2,500 bond and remains under house arrest until his next court date.
The NPD outfitted 300 officers with body cameras in February, and Officer Sam Shenouda, an NPD spokesman, said they are supposed to turn the cameras on when it is practical and whenever they have “any citizen encounter.”
Shenouda said the officer-involved shooting that night is considered a citizen encounter, but the officer did not turn on his camera. He said there is a learning curve and officers will get better at using the cameras over time.
The video has not been released while the investigation is still ongoing by the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney and the pending criminal case against Chapman.