Update: The suspect, James Artis, was indicted on Thursday, April 4, 2013 by a Portsmouth Grand Jury on charges related to this incident.
His indictments include armed burglary, two counts of attempt robbery, abduction, malicious wounding, and stabbing in the commission of a felony. Artis remains in the custody of the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office.
Portsmouth, Va. – Portsmouth police are investigating a police officer involved shooting that happened in the 4300 block of Twin Pines Road in the Churchland area Sunday morning.
According to police, a husband and wife were at their home when the wife called police to report a stabbing around 9:45 a.m. She told police that a man entered their home uninvited, and that she and her husband were injured during an altercation.
“He told my uncle that he had his money and that was it, the guy just went off, and as soon as my uncle opened the door, just as soon as he opened the storm door, guy just came in and never stopped stabbing him,” said the victims’ nephew, Donald Hill.
Police arrived on scene and confronted the man inside the home. During the confrontation, shots were fired by police and the man was wounded. He was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he was immediately taken into surgery.
The husband and wife were transported to Maryview Hospital with serious injuries. They were released from the hospital Monday afternoon.
Family members told NewsChannel 3 that they’re having a hard time understanding why the couple was attacked.
“They would give you the shirt off their back and this guy knows it. That’s why he probably attacked them, but my aunt and uncle would give you the shirt off their back, stranger or not,” said Hill.