Accident – Death – Obituary News : RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Four individuals were apprehended by the Richmond Police Department on Thursday following an incident where a law enforcement officer was shot in Virginia. The incident occurred on the night of Wednesday, Dec. 6, when Richmond Police officers responded to the 3100 block of Decatur Street to apprehend four wanted men who were found in a parked vehicle. However, during the encounter, a male passenger in the car opened fire at one of the officers.
In response to the threat, the officer fired back, managing to hit the suspect. Despite being wounded, the suspect managed to flee the scene. Fortunately, the remaining three suspects were successfully taken into custody, and upon further investigation, four firearms were discovered at the scene.
Continuing with the unfolding events, an 18-year-old male with a gunshot wound arrived at a local hospital the next morning, on Thursday, Dec. 7. This individual was subsequently identified as the fourth suspect involved in the shooting. After receiving medical treatment, he was promptly placed under arrest.
The four suspects charged in relation to the Dec. 6 shooting have been identified as follows: Devone Brown, 18, of Richmond, who faces charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; Corey Hewitt, 21, of Chesterfield County, who faces charges of possession of a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm with an extended magazine; Kemonte Mayo, 18, of Henrico County, who was found to have outstanding arrest warrants in Henrico County for strangulation, simple assault, and destruction of property; and Calique Harris, 18, of Richmond, who faces charges of attempted murder and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection to the shooting.
Dana Schrad, the executive director of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, expressed concern over the rising number of attacks on law enforcement officers. Schrad highlighted the recent incident in which an officer was severely injured in Roanoke, in addition to the multiple officers who have been shot in the Richmond central area.
While the suspect’s gunfire missed the officer in this instance, Schrad emphasized that first responders cannot always avoid every bullet. Furthermore, the psychological impact of a violent shooting can extend far beyond the physical wounds sustained.
Schrad noted, “One of the things that often happens is we hear a report that the officer is in stable condition and people go, ‘Oh, good, he’s fine,’ or ‘she’s fine!’ When, in fact, there is a lot of trauma associated with any kind of officer injury, whether it’s trauma to the officer, to the family, to the officer’s fellow officers, and to the agency as a whole.”
In accordance with the Richmond Police Department’s policy, the officer involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
The investigation into this incident is still ongoing, and anyone with information is urged to contact Major Crimes Detective M. Young of the Richmond Police at 804-646-3926..