Police dog shot and killed during officer-involved shooting

Norfolk Police Dog “Krijger” K-148. Photo Courtesy: Norfolk Police Department.
Norfolk Police Dog “Krijger” K-148. Photo Courtesy: Norfolk Police Department.

UPDATE: 10 On Your Side has confirmed Keith Richardson has died. His family took him off life support Tuesday afternoon. The officer involved in Richardson’s shooting has been placed on administrative duty pending review of the completed investigation.


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A Norfolk Police K-9 was shot and died during an officer-involved shooting overnight.

Officers say this all started Sunday night on Land Street, just off Virginia Beach Boulevard between Poplar Hall and Newtown Roads.

Police say shortly before 6 p.m., officers were called to the neighborhood after receiving reports of a man with a weapon and a domestic dispute between a husband and wife.

According to investigators, the woman managed to escape the home and the man barricaded himself inside the house.

Negotiators were called to the scene to reason with the man, 58-year-old Keith Richardson, but police say he refused to leave the home. Police closed several neighborhood streets during the stand-off.

This picture was obtained by 10 On Your Side of Keith Richardson, the man a neighbor and former Co-workers say was involved in the standoff with police.
This picture was obtained by 10 On Your Side of Keith Richardson, the man a neighbor and former Co-workers say was involved in the standoff with police.

Police say Richardson came out of the house after several hours of unsuccessful negotiations, armed with a handgun. Norfolk Police Dog K-9 Krijger, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, was used to attempt to apprehend Richardson.

10 On Your Side recorded police scanners during the standoff. Officers are heard saying, “…won’t put gun down, says no way he will put it down, not an option.”

“What’s under his arm? He still has something in his hand, looks like a gun,” another officer said.

Richardson reportedly shot and killed Krijger, before he raised his threat to officers at the scene. An officer shot Richardson.

An officer is heard saying on scanners, “Gunshot wound to suspect.”

A neighbor and witness to the incident told 10 On Your Side a different account of what happened Monday morning.

Gene Strickland said he was in contact with Richardson throughout the night.

Norfolk Police Dog “Krijger” K-148. Photo Courtesy: Norfolk Police Department.
Norfolk Police Dog “Krijger” K-148. Photo Courtesy: Norfolk Police Department.

“I was texting back and forth with him saying this is not going to end well for you. Please surrender,” Strickland said.

Strickland also told 10 On Your Side, “They had every opportunity, they could have took him then. They did not. There was no barricading in his house. He walked out of the house several times with all the police all around.”

According to Strickland, this is what happened before the K-9 was shot: “They’d already busted into his house. He was trying to make sure his dogs were taken care of and they were OK. He managed to get one of them and put it into his car. He was trying to get the other one when the police shot him in the leg and then sticked the dogs on him. When he went down and the dog was all over him, that’s when he took the gun and shot that dog. It was totally in self-defense there,”

“He’s a good guy. A good neighbor,” Strickland said. “It didn’t have to go down the way that it did.”

For more than 10 years Richardson worked as a manager and firearms instructor at Bob’s Gun Shop in Norfolk. Officials said he often worked with law enforcement on firearms training and purchases.

Company co-owner Steve Dowdy told 10 On Your Side’s Brandi Cummings because of the severity of the charges Richardson faces, he can never work there again.

Dowdy said, “Keith was a long time, trusted employee for over 10 years. He was a manager. Never had any issues like this. Because of the domestic nature of the situation we don’t want to comment any further, but we are sorry for everyone involved.”

According to police, Richardson is in critical condition at a hospital and remains in police custody.

Warrants have been secured on four charges against Richardson: abduction, robbery, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and brandishing a firearm.

To read the full news release sent out by Norfolk police, click here.

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