NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - The actions of two detectives, who shot and paralyzed an unarmed man in Newport News last year, have been ruled justified by the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Newport News.
The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney stated Wednesday that the detectives who fired shots -- Detectives Hollandsworth and Gibson -- had probable cause to believe the suspect, Corey Moddy, posed a threat of serious physical harm to the detective that approached his vehicle, Detective Tinsley. Because of that, the detectives actions were legal and no legal action will be made against them.
According to Harold Eley with the Newport News Police Department, the shooting stemmed from a traffic stop just before 7 p.m. on Dec. 12, 2012 at the Interstate 664 overpass near 35th Street and Madison Avenue.
Eley said Newport News detectives attempted to pull over Moody, who was wanted on federal charges by the Drug Enforcement Association. When a struggle broke out between Moody and a detective and Moody reached for something that appeared to be a gun, a detective reacted by firing at Moody. Another officer heard shots fired and also fired into the suspect's car.
Detective Hollandsworth also knew Moody from a prior arrest about a year before, involving narcotics and a firearm.
Moody was shot in his leg and back. The only weapons recovered from the scene belonged to the officers.
For a detailed account of the traffic stop/shooting incident between Moody and the detectives and the history of Moody that led officers to believe he was armed and dangerous, view the Commonwealth's Attorney's press release online.
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