CA: Norfolk officer ‘justified’ in 2017 police-involved shooting


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk police officer was justified when he shot and killed a woman who was shooting at her husband near Naval Station Norfolk in 2017, the Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney has found.

Norfolk police said officers responded to a two vehicle crash July 17, 2017 on Admiral Taussig Boulevard and Hammond Avenue. When officers arrived, they found  25-year-old India N. Nelson armed with a gun.

Police said Nelson shot her husband, Andrew Fraser, before an officer engaged her and returned fire. Nelson was pronounced dead at the scene. Navy officials said Nelson was a Machinist’s Mate Nuclear 3rd Class on the USS Eisenhower. 

Commonwealth’s Attorney Gregory Underwood said in a letter Thursday that Nelson was driving the wrong way on Admiral Taussig and hit a car that was being driven by Fraser. Underwood said Nelson continued firing at Fraser after the officer fired toward her. 

This put another officer — who was standing near Fraser — in danger, according to Underwood.

Underwood found the officer who shot Nelson was justified and had a “sworn duty to safeguard” Fraser, the second officer and nearby citizens who were put in danger by Nelson.

Fraser was taken to the hospital for treatment after the incident, and was later released.

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