PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Virginia State Police are investigating a shooting involving a Portsmouth Police officer that happened just before midnight Tuesday.
According to officials, the shooting happened in the 1100 block of Mt. Vernon Avenue when officers came across an armed man while conducting a foot patrol in the area.
Police added that one of the officers discharged their weapon, grazing the man in an extremity. Medics responded and took him to a hospital with minor injuries.
At this time, the investigation is ongoing. The Portsmouth Commonwealth's Attorney met with State Police Wednesday morning for a briefing on the incident.
If you have any information about this or any crime in the City of Portsmouth, investigators urge you to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887).
Below is a statement from the Portsmouth NAACP:
"We are aware of the situation with the shooting in London Oaks earlier this morning and are aware of the presence of the Virginia State Police. We are still in the process of obtaining information and will make further statements shortly however anytime that a police officer uses deadly force there must be high levels of transparency and accountability. The use of force policy of the Portsmouth Police Department outlines situations in which the use of a firearm is governed and the family and the community deserves the full truth. We are working with and support the London Oaks Tenants Association and are calling on the Police Department to fully comply with any request that they have concerning the shooting in their community."