VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach police say an officer shot two people Sunday night in the Lake Edward area, one they say was a suspect with a gun, and the other a victim hit by a stray bullet.
The officer-involved shooting happened just after 10 p.m. after dispatchers received multiple 911 calls for shots being fired.
According to a release from Police Chief Jim Cervera on Monday night, responding officers heard gunfire in the area before finding an armed suspect near the intersection of Redkirk Lane and Pickering Street.
Cervera says the officer demanded the suspect drop the weapon, and when the suspect didn’t comply he was forced to shoot.The suspect, identified Tuesday as 20-year-old Zyshonne Nathaniel Parker, was wounded and was expected to be OK.
“The next thing I know 8-9 squad cars are coming down here, fire trucks and EMS,” said neighbor Mitchell Powell.
Powell also had no idea what was happened just doors down.
“Bullets don’t care where they go when they are fired,” Powell added. “They go where they go.”
As officers were securing the area, they found that a second person had been shot in a nearby home. That victim was treated at a local hospital for the non life-threatening wound and later released.
Neighbors believe the person was sitting in their town home when the stray bullet came through the window.
Cervera says at this time it appears the victim was struck by a round fired from the officer’s weapon, and the officer has been placed on administrative leave as authorities investigate.
However, Cervera stressed it “should by no means be taken as an inference of wrongdoing.”
Cervera also noted he believes officers should have released information about the incident in a timelier manner, and he’s pushing the department to “be more diligent in relaying such information” in the future.
Parker, of Virginia Beach, has been charged with brandishing a firearm, assault on a law enforcement officer and four counts of discharging a firearm in a public place.