4 charged in connection to officer-involved shooting in Hampton

October 18, 2017 (Photo courtesy: Rico Bush / WAVY)

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Four people are facing charges in connection to a deadly officer-involved shooting, Hampton police say.

One person was killed and two others were injured in Tuesday’s incident. Police said officers from Newport News and Williamsburg spotted a pickup truck stolen out of Chesapeake.

The officers followed the pickup to Hampton and into a 7-Eleven parking lot on Kecoughtan Road. According to police, the officers got out to talk to five people in the truck — when someone pointed a gun at them and the driver hit the gas and drove toward their unmarked police vehicle. The car was struck.

The officers fired shots in the process, hitting three people inside the truck. All three were taken to the hospital, where 24-year-old DeAndre Bethea died.

The two others remain in the hospital.

Police said Thursday that 18-year-old Darone Owens, 20-year-old Leroy Clyburn III and two 17-year-old young men were charged in the incident.

All four suspects are charged with possession of a firearm and grand larceny. Owens, Clyburn and one of the juveniles are convicted felons.

Police said no mugshots would be released because of the ongoing investigation. All four were still in police custody on Thursday.

Newport News and Williamsburg police launched administrative investigations regarding the shooting. Both officers involved were placed on paid administrative leave.

Thursday, Hampton officers returned to the neighborhood with community volunteers for a Rapid Engagement of Support in the Event of Trauma (RESET) walk. In pairs, people went to nearby homes, handing out pamphlets detailing city services and resources.

“This is about starting that healing process for those residents, going door to door,” said Lt. Jason Price. “This has nothing to do with the investigation process, this is about providing them with information that may help them or their family.”

“This is good for the community, we need cooperation between the services and the community because the community needs so much,” said R.E.S.E.T. volunteer Amy Howard. “We need to get involved, otherwise things degrade, they go down, and people wonder ‘how come the city isn’t doing this or… that?'”