Suffolk police: Internal investigation in deadly officer-involved shooting complete


SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Suffolk police say the internal investigation into a deadly December 2015 officer-involved shooting is now complete.

28-year-old Corey Achstein was unarmed when he was fatally shot in the back while sitting on the ground. The officer said he thought Achstein was reaching for a gun.

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Police were originally called to the scene for a report of teenagers allegedly being chased and threatened by Achstein.

Though Suffolk police have completed their internal investigation into the shooting, they say they will not release the findings, citing confidentiality.

10 On Your Side asked about the status of both officers involved. City spokesperson Diana Klink confirms Officer James Babor and Officer Cheryl Abrigo remain employed with the Suffolk Police Department.

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In May, the Commonwealth’s attorney found Officer Babor’s use of deadly force was justified, and there was no criminal wrongdoing.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Phil Ferguson said his report only covers the criminal liability of the officers, and not the civil liability.

Achstein’s family plans to sue officers Babor and Abrigo for wrongful death.

10 On Your Side was told the suit will partly center on Officer Abrigo’s failure to alert Officer Babor that she saw  Achstein throw an object she thought was a gun when she arrived on scene, but she failed to relay that to Officer Babor. Ferguson’s investigation noted that point.

The lawsuit has not yet been filed.

Stay with WAVY News for updates to this developing story.

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