Police: Teen charged with shooting officer was gang member

The scene in Portsmouth Nov. 6, 2017, where police said an officer was shot multiple times. (Credit: WAVY/Walter Hildebrand).

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) —  On Wednesday, a teenager accused of shooting and wounding a Portsmouth officer went before a judge.

The shooting happened Monday on Hickory Street in the Mount Hermon section of the city. Police said a 15-year-old boy shot a female officer several times.

She is in serious condition, but is awake and recovering at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Inside a courtroom Wednesday morning, the 15-year-old boy’s mother stood next to him. She wiped his tears as the judge read the crimes he is accused of committing.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney said that a female officer recognized the teenager as a runaway. According to police, she stopped to put him into custody and bring him home.

The officer had just gotten one handcuff around his wrist when the boy grabbed a stolen handgun from his waistband and shot the officer several times, all according to the police report.

Officers found him nearby at London Oaks apartments with a handcuff still around one wrist.

The teen faces numerous charges, including attempted capital murder and malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer. Police said in court the boy admitted he was a member of the “300 Gang.”

A judge told him he faced charges that could send an adult to jail for life. This case will go to a grand jury.

If they certify it, it will move to Circuit Court where he would then be tried as an adult.