UPDATE: Man killed by Norfolk officer identified

UPDATE: Police have released the identity of the man that was shot by Norfolk Police on Friday after threatening officers with a knife.  He has been identified as 35yr old David Latham.  His last known address is in the 400 block of West 30th Street in Norfolk.  Police say the investigation is still active and don’t have any further details at this time.

Norfolk, Va. – A man who was shot by Norfolk Police on Friday night after threatening officers with a knife has died from his injuries.

The incident happened in the 400 block of West 30th Street around 11:05 p.m.

When police arrived, they encountered a man who they say threatened an officer with a knife.

The officer then shot the man.

The man was taken to Sentara Norfolk General with serious injuries. Police said Saturday morning that the man had later died as a result.

The man’s identity will be released once the family is notified.

Police are still investigating the shooting.

This is the second time this week that an officer in Norfolk has shot someone. On Wednesday, another knife-wielding suspect was shot as police were serving an emergency custody order at Calvary Towers. The suspect was taken to the hospital where he later died.

He was identified as 72-year-old Lawrence H. Faine. Neighbors tell NewsChannel 3 he may have been experiencing mental problems.

Last Friday officer Brian Jones was shot and killed during a shooting rampage. A 17-year-old Norfolk student was also killed and another officer was wounded.

Stay with NewsChannel 3 for more updates on this developing story.

29 comments

  • law bidding citizen

    Smh. So Norfolk police taking there anger out on there citizens. But of course he felt threatened. So it will be justified like the rest.

    • Karen

      No, they’re not taking out their anger on other citizens. You have no idea how quickly the scene could escalate into another officer down. It happened in Chesapeake, and it can happen anywhere. So quick to judge, are you? Let’s see you put on a uniform and even attempt to do their job!

      • Gregg Guthrie

        Bio & Incident Details
        Age: 43
        Tour: 11 years
        Badge # Not available
        Cause: Stabbed
        Incident Date: Monday, September 27, 1982
        Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife
        Suspect: Not available

        Sergeant Cherry was stabbed to death by a mentally ill woman who they were attempting to arrest. As other officers entered the kitchen Sergent Cherry approached the woman from behind in an attempt to disarm her with minimal force. The woman suddenly spun around and stabbed Sergeant Cherry underneath the right shoulder. The other officers were able to apprehend the woman. Sergeant Cherry was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound.
        Sergeant Cherry had been with the agency for 11 years.

        Tell that to his Family Jan!!!

      • Terry

        Two officers were killed within a week of each other in Newport News as well back in the 90’s .

  • Gregg Guthrie

    KAREN
    You are so correct. Doesn’t matter how old you are if you come after a policeman with a deadly weapon such as a knife especially a butcher knife, they have every right to defend themselves. Too many people jump to conclusions.

  • Tonya

    No Amen to Karen or Gregg… This was a wrong shooting…He was a mental I’ll patient and the police had several records of this they have been called out before…The victim never hurt anyone and had no record…the cop who shot him over 4 times was clearly trigger happy…he never even went towards the officer..he was shot in his home with kids in the home…what ever happened to tasering or pepper spraying…the cops just quick to shot…this could have been handled very differently, and yes he was my family member, attended church daily,didn’t drink, smoke or any crimes….Please don’t be so quick to judge when you have no idea!!!

    • Gregg Guthrie

      I take it you were there and witnessed this or are you using hearsay. Taser/Pepper spray not guaranteed to stop a person especially if he was a mental patient. Never hurt anybody….only takes once and which family member called the police and reported that they were being threatened by a knife wielding mentally ill person?

    • misty

      a knife is a deadly weapon. The officer had to stop the threat. no one can determine if a person is mentally ill in the few seconds it takes to have a knife coming at you. Trust me- no cop wants to shoot and kill someone.

  • Matt

    Let’s give ignorant Tonya a police duty belt and get a volunteer to charge her with a butcher knife, good luck surviving using pepper spray or a taser…as they say in that stupid movie Hunger Games, “let the games begin”

    • Tonya

      Matt I will never stoop to a man of your character level…you have no idea what you talking about and obviously you need some some kind of entertainment but you won’t find it here…lets see how you act if the police shoot your family member six times 3 in the chest 1 in the arm shot his whole hand off then once he hit the ground after the cop shot him 5 times then shot him again in the back while he was on the ground…totaling 6 shots…lets see if you think that was right to shot so many times…. You the ignorant you….let them come shoot your cousin 6 times in his own house with 4 kids…. I bet you won’t be talking stupid.. Ps maybe you need to be evaluated…

  • j sully

    look what happened to Sergeant cherry many many years ago from Chesapeake police he confronted a woman with a knife and guess what the officer was killed

    • Gregg Guthrie

      Bio & Incident Details
      Age: 43
      Tour: 11 years
      Badge # Not available
      Cause: Stabbed
      Incident Date: Monday, September 27, 1982
      Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife
      Suspect: Not available

      Sergeant Cherry was stabbed to death by a mentally ill woman who they were attempting to arrest. As other officers entered the kitchen Sergent Cherry approached the woman from behind in an attempt to disarm her with minimal force. The woman suddenly spun around and stabbed Sergeant Cherry underneath the right shoulder. The other officers were able to apprehend the woman. Sergeant Cherry was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound.
      Sergeant Cherry had been with the agency for 11 years.

      OS. Tell that to SGT Cheney’s family.

        • Gregg Guthrie

          If you came at me or anyone with a butcher knife and you didn’t drop it when I pointed a gun at you & kept asking you to drop it & you kept coming I would blow your drugging head off. How’s that for sour apples.

          • Tonya

            He didn’t have a butcher knife… He didn’t charge at the police officer…read the news article today… Please, maybe you need to find some business as well stop assuming shit it gets you no where….

  • j sully

    You no what’s sad if the police officer was killed by him the family would say oh he was sick in the head he didn’t mean it Give me a Break Good job NPD does every day Ret NPD sully

  • The Don

    Well if this guy would have killed his family and then police arrived ..people would have blamed the police for not showing up in time..or saying why didn’t they do their job etc etc…if he had mental issues does that give him the right to act any old way ..I think not…blaming his disorder isn’t just cause to let people with mental issues get away with crimes and have other say , but he didn’t know , his/her mind wasn’t right, they didn’t take their meds! ! Wake up people !!

    • Tonya

      The don what crime did he commit? He don’t even have a record….he never threatened the police he was in his home…also if one of those shots hit one of the kids that would have been ok to right? Ignorant people agree with ignorant people until it happens to them… I’m done here enjoy your ignorant lives…hope this doesn’t happen to your family….gn…

  • Joy

    I think police officers need better training on how to handle situations. I feel sometimes they shoot 1st and think later

  • BDrama

    If you take a life, justified or not, you will have to live with that event for the rest of your life. I do not envy the police or solders. Remember most beat police officers cannot have an IQ higher than 110. They are our bravest but not our smartest….most are reactionary, and will only do what they are trained to do. I don’t think our police are out of control, but they are human.

  • Seostlouis.us

    Amazing! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a entirely different topic but it has
    pretty much the same page layout and design. Great choice of colors!

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