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Officer cleared in Family Dollar shooting

03/21/2006 6:45 AM by

The Richmond commonwealth’s attorney’s office has sent a “letter of declination” to the police department indicating that it found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by officer Chester Roberts, who wounded armed suspect James Singleton during an attempted robbery of a Family Dollar store. [via]

Singleton, 45, who was armed with what police later learned was a BB gun that looked like a handgun, was shot three times after he pointed a gun in the officer’s direction. Police said the shooting occurred as Singleton was trying to corral employees back into the store in the 1800 block of Creighton Road as it was closing. Singleton was wounded in the legs and arm.

Roberts and another 2nd Precinct officer were working undercover at the store after robberies of similar stores in the area. Prosecutors later dropped charges of attempted robbery and said they would seek to have Singleton indicted on more serious felony charges of abduction.


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