Officer shot serving warrant in Va. Beach; Suspect charged

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A suspect is in custody and facing charges after a police officer was shot Tuesday morning while serving a warrant in Virginia Beach.

46-year-old Bryan Carl Cage has been charged with attempted capital murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and malicious wounding.

Bryan Carl Cage (Photo courtesy: Virginia Beach Police)

Police Chief Jim Cervera spoke Tuesday afternoon and said two teams of officers went to a home in the 1600 block of Ohio Avenue around 6:30 a.m. to serve a search warrant for distribution of child pornography found on electronic devices.

Two teams of officers went to the residence. The officers were wearing clearly marked vests with the words “police” in white lettering on black background on them, according to Cervera. One team staged at the main building and another team was set up at the rear garage.

The second team announced their arrival numerous times and after not receiving any response, they breached the doorway of the garage.

The officers continued announcing their presence as they walked to the upstairs apartment. When they reached the top of the stairs and breached that door, an officer was shot multiple times. Cervera did not say where the officer was shot, though sources tell 10 On Your Side the officer was shot once in the shoulder.

Four officers returned fire and the team retreated down the stairs.

“In assisting that injured officer in coming back down that flight of stairs our officers used extreme courage in extraditing him from that stairway,” Chief Cervera said.

Gallery: Officer shot, barricade situation in Va. Beach

The officer sustained injuries classified as non life-threatening and was taken to the Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, according to police spokesperson Tonya Pierce.

Cervera said the officer works in the Special Investigations Unit and is a seasoned veteran of the force.

Two other officers sustained minor injuries; both were treated and released. It’s not clear how they were hurt.

The situation then turned into a barricade and Virginia State Police were asked to assist.

Police say Cage barricaded himself inside his home on Ohio Avenue, which is not far from Naval Air Station Oceana. The situation ended peacefully at 12:05 p.m. — more than six hours after it began. Cervera said as Cage was taken into custody, he was bit by a police K-9.

Cage is expected to be arraigned at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, according to an officials with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office.

WAVY’s Jason Marks reports that neighbors say the suspect lives in a second floor apartment above his mom’s house, and is a military veteran who deployed to the Middle East.

“I’ve never really seen the gentleman,” said neighbor Cathy Cale. “He doesn’t come out or anything. He is always in the house.”

Pierce says there were no evacuations. However, a reverse E-911 call was sent out to nearby neighbors for their safety alerting them to the active situation and asking that they remain indoors and avoid the area.

Lauran Nolasco, spokesperson for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, said school buses to First Colonial High School, Lynnhaven Middle School, Virginia Beach Middle School, and Birdneck Elementary were affected by the police presence. Buses are unable to pick up students who live in Oceana Gardens.

Nolasco says principals from the affected schools sent a message home to parents, noting that buses were rerouted.

Viewers nearby sent in a pictures Tuesday morning of police and emergency responders on scene as the situation unfolded.

This is the second time in the last 24 hours that an officer has been shot in Hampton Roads. A Hampton officer sustained non life-threatening injuries while attempting to take a robbery suspect in to custody on Monday.

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