Richmond officer indicted with murder in connection to off-duty shooting of teen

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Richmond Police officer who was off-duty when he shot a teenager last October at a Chesterfield gas station has been charged with second-degree murder.

During the morning hours of Oct. 17, 2015, David L. Cobb, a Richmond Police officer who was off-duty at the time, was having a vehicle washed at the Sunoco gas station at 7559 Midlothian Turnpike. A male, who was not employed by the gas station or car wash, entered the vehicle and drove it out of the wash bay.

Cobb, 47, approached the male, who was later identified as 18-year-old Paterson Brown of the 2000 block of Timbers Hill Road in Chesterfield, and told him to exit the vehicle, which led to a confrontation. During the confrontation, Cobb shot Brown. Brown was transported to Chippenham Hospital, where he later died.

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, the facts of this investigation were presented to a Chesterfield County Grand Jury. Cobb was indicted for second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in relation to the incident.

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