NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — One person was killed and an officer was shot late Sunday following a shooting in Norfolk.
According to police, someone on 14th Bay Street called police around 11 p.m. about a man acting abnormally. Responding officers were told a man armed with a gun had entered a nearby residence.
Police say the officers tried to confront the man, but he fired at one of the officers and hit him in the ballistic vest.
Officers returned fire and hit the suspect, police said. They have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of an investigation, according to police.
One neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said she ducked for cover.
“There was probably about six or seven gunshots and I laid on the floor all night because I was scared…I flipped my coffee table over and shielded myself as much as I could, barricaded in my own apartment,” she said.
Police say officers attempted to give the suspect first aid, but he died at the scene. The man’s remains were taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Norfolk for an autopsy. Authorities say they’re still working to confirm his identity.
Neighbors said the residence the man entered has been vacant for several weeks, and had a broken window he may have been able to enter through.
Neighbor Angie Graupmann thinks the suspect could be the same man she said walked up to her yard earlier that night.
“He was very hectic and I was standing right there and he was like, ‘I called the police. I called the police,’ and at first I thought he was talking about [a nearby bonfire], you know? So I’m like, ‘Okay, what’s going on?’ So next thing I know, he’s like, he had a hit squad after him and he’s been living in a dumpster for three days and he hadn’t had no food and water,” she said.
Graupmann said she got the man water and asked him to leave.
“It’s scary, you know? Do I need to go buy a gun? Do I need to do something else to protect myself? I can’t sit in my front yard anymore and have a fire? Normally I have a yard full of children. Thank God it was late and they had went home.”
That man apparently roamed onto other nearby properties.
“He was looking real weird, his jaws were rocking, and his eyes were beefed up… His clothes were wet,” another neighbor said.
The officer who was shot was taken to the hospital for treatment, and was later released.
A police spokesperson said the officer is a sergeant and veteran with more than 20 years of experience with Norfolk police.
Virginia State Police have taken over the investigation.
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