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Police officer, suspect shot in Fulton

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Church Hillian 01/02/2015 at 3:39 PM

Looks like this is going to be a messy year- Time to clean the guns.

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ann 01/02/2015 at 7:09 PM

How would “…wearing body cameras…” have had an impact on this?

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Church hillian 01/02/2015 at 8:35 PM

@council woman Trammel

How in the heck would this incident be evidence that the RPD needs body cameras??!

Your comment is evidence that should no longer be a council woman, and never elected into a position where you can speak for the people ever again.

How about your support for the RPD and this officers family!?

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crd 01/02/2015 at 8:55 PM

@17, I would suggest you tone it down a bit. Reva is a perfectly decent councilwoman IMHO. I’ve actually met and talked to her many times. She was the ONLY member of council who came to the candlelight vigil for Mongo when he died in 1998. Our own council rep. did not attend that candlelight service in Libby Hill Park.

Reva probably has her own reasons for the statement, but it may not be a bad idea. For all you know, the suspect’s family is already muttering about a lawsuit ’cause he was mentally ill, which was supposedly the reason police were called to assist with the mental health authority to begin with. If that is the case, it would have been a good idea to have cameras to prove that the police were just defending themselves. I suggest you not be quite so quick to judge, please.

From what I’ve read, the mayor, the chief of police, a large extended family for the officer who was shot, and many others were all crowding into the hospital. I’m pretty sure there is ample support for the officer already.

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GARRY 01/02/2015 at 10:26 PM

Wishing a speedy recovery to 30 year veteran officer William Turner out of our own 1st precinct, who is listed in critical condition. The suspects condition has improved to non-life threatening.

Trammell’s words were only to support the officers of the RPD. Why did Eaton speak to her and not our own council person? Maybe because Trammell is approachable and returns phone calls. No other council person has spoken up. Before you knock dust off your shoes on her doorstep, try talking to the woman.

Here’s the rest of what Trammell said to Nate Eaton:
He’s a veteran officer; 25 years plus with the Richmond Police Department,” Richmond City Councilwoman Reva Trammell said. “He came out here on a call not knowing something like this was going to happen to him.”

Thanks for being on the job RPD!

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crd 01/02/2015 at 10:55 PM

@19 Thank you!

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Karen 01/03/2015 at 8:06 AM

Thoughts and prayers are with the officer. And I agree with the comments about Ms. Trammell. She is a huge supporter of the police and yes, is often the only council person who is out there with her constituents and listening to them. As an aside, Maybe Mr. Eaton should have quoted her ENTIRE quote. I did read that Cynthia Newbille was at the hospital yesterday so thank you Ms. Newbille.

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John M 01/03/2015 at 8:08 AM

From the RTD:

A veteran Richmond police officer was shot and wounded Friday after exchanging gunfire with an armed man who opened fire on the officer soon after he responded to a call of a man experiencing a mental health crisis in a Fulton Hill neighborhood, authorities said.

Master patrolman William “Bill” Turner, a 31-year department veteran, was shot multiple times by a man whom police described as the subject of the 2:30 p.m. mental health call in the 4400 block of Fulton Street. Although wounded, Turner was able to return fire, striking the gunman multiple times, police said.

http://www.richmond.com/local/city-of-richmond/article_d7bf5acb-d1a9-5c7c-99a9-8891c3659eaa.html

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Kathleen 01/03/2015 at 8:15 AM

Obviously Officer Turner was not a novice, as he had 30 years of police experience. This situation spotlights how dangerous public safety work is every single day. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Officer Turner, and THANK YOU for your service!

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Church hillian 01/03/2015 at 8:20 AM

Good to hear officer Turner is doing good!

Good to see out council woman from this side of the river was interactive.

Yes Reva Trammell is a HUGE supporter of the police- did we forget her “scandal” involving “policemen” and what she was getting them to do? Maybe some of you newbies don’t remember that….

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jean mcdaniel 01/03/2015 at 8:40 AM

Johm Murden
How about requiring anyone who makes an accusation of wrong doing to use their REAL name? Seems only fair that “Church hillian” or anyone else (who by their own admission does not live in Church Hill) be willing to stand up, be accountable and recognized as the accusier.

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ray 01/03/2015 at 8:44 AM

So what, Church Hillian? We’ve all made mistakes in our distant past — move on past your self righteous, snarky comments..

Reva Trammell is one of the few council members who is truly dedicated to her job on Council and helping the people she represents. She is all heart and I wish we had more like her.

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John M 01/03/2015 at 2:46 PM

From the RPD:

The Richmond Police Department has identified the suspect in yesterday’s officer-involved-shooting that injured the officer and the suspect.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. yesterday, officers were called to the 4400 block of Fulton Street for the report of an adult male suffering emotional issues.

The officer pulled his vehicle over at the location and approached the subject – who fired on the officer. The officer returned fire. Both individuals were injured by gunfire and were transported to VCU Medical Center. Their injuries are considered serious but not life threatening.

The suspect has been identified as Tamar X. Harris, 20, of the 800 block of Old Denny Street. He is in police custody and warrants have been obtained but have not yet been served due to his medical condition. The warrants are for aggravated assault and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Chief Ray J. Tarasovic would like to thank the community for the outpouring of concern for the injured First Precinct officer, a 30-year veteran of the Richmond Police Department.

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Frank 01/03/2015 at 5:14 PM

Re: body cameras: you may consider the view that body cameras protect the police from wrongful accusations of misconduct. And in that way support the police. To assume that body cameras are anti-police is to assume the police are hiding something.

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Kathleen 01/03/2015 at 6:55 PM

I’m confused – why are you all arguing over body cameras, bullet proof vests, and Reva Trammel, who is not even our freaking city council rep, when a RPD officer, who has served most of his 30 years of service in the 1st Precinct protecting you and your property, has been shot TWO times in the line of duty?? Seriously folks. Get. A. Grip.

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John M 01/04/2015 at 8:30 AM

Vigil planned for RPD officer involved in East End shooting
http://wtvr.com/2015/01/03/vigil-planned-for-rpd-officer-involved-in-east-end-shooting/

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John M 01/08/2015 at 8:16 AM

Court papers: Suspect in police shooting had tried to kill himself
http://www.richmond.com/local/city-of-richmond/article_8ea4cca2-30ff-573e-ac1d-daaf68d7781c.html

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John M 10/14/2015 at 7:42 AM

Man pleads guilty ahead of trial to shooting, seriously wounding Richmond officer
http://www.richmond.com/local/central-virginia/article_5d3dbbbd-ba2d-5b51-8d6c-101d3b740b23.html

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John M 11/07/2015 at 7:11 AM

Richmond officer shot in January among 25 recognized during Valor Awards
http://www.richmond.com/local/chesterfield/article_8b631844-b907-5558-a90b-c1bddec59abe.html

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John M 04/12/2016 at 8:35 AM

Officer shot 3 times forgives shooter, sentenced to 23 years in prison
http://wtvr.com/2016/04/12/tamar-harris-sentencing/

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