Hampton man who attempted to kill police officer sentenced to 10 years

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Frederick Forson-Peebles

HAMPTON, Va. – 25-year old Frederick Forson-Peebles, Jr., was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Forson-Peebles pleaded guilty on June 2.

According to court documents on March 18, 2014 a Hampton Police Officer encountered Forson-Peebles after responding to a call about a large group of people fighting at Liberty Estates Apartment Complex.

When the officer tried to talk to Forson-Peebles he ran.

Forson-Peebles then stopped, drew a black semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and fired at the officer, causing the officer to fall to the ground.

While the officer was on the ground, Forson-Peebles fired at him a second time.

The officer then crawled to cover at the corner of an apartment building and returned fire. Soon after multiple officers responded to the location and arrested Forson-Peebles.

A loaded Glock 22 handgun was recovered on the scene. Further police investigation and interviews of residents of the complex revealed that Forson-Peebles had attempted to gain entry into multiple apartments in his flight from police, banging on doors and trying door handles throughout at least two of the buildings.

Forson-Peebles was previously found not guilty of Attempted Capital Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer in Hampton Circuit Court in November, 2015. The case was then adopted federally.