PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- Portsmouth Police Chief Tonya Chapman said Tuesday that an officer who was shot Monday underwent a second surgery overnight and was in serious but stable condition.
Around 10 p.m. the Portsmouth Police Department said the police officer is awake and talking.
The shooting happened in the 2500 block of Hickory St. around 2:45 p.m. Officers took a 15-year-old boy into custody. He faces several charges.
Your prayers and positive thoughts for our wounded officer is greatly appreciated. We are happy to report that she is awake and talking. #ThinBlueLine— PortsmouthPD (@PortsmouthPD) November 8, 2017
Chapman said the officer recognized the teenager as a runaway and tried to detain him. The officer was in uniform and on-duty at the time she was shot.
Chapman said the officer was shot five times and that the officer's ballistic vest stopped a round from hitting her. The officer took cover behind her police car, contacted dispatchers, and told them she had been hit. She gave dispatchers a description of the teenager.
A retired Portsmouth police sergeant, G.A. Brown, helped the officer.
More police arrived at the scene and began providing first-aid until medics arrived and the officer to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
Police found the teenager accused of shooting the officer a short time after the incident. He still had one of the officer's handcuffs on his wrist.
The 15-year-old boy faces the following charges:
- Malicious Injury to a Law Enforcement Officer
- Unlawful Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony (3 counts)
- Attempted Capital Murder
- Aggravated Malicious Wounding
- Possession of a Stolen Firearm
- Discharging a Weapon in a School Zone
- Escape by Force
He is in the custody of Chesapeake Juvenile Services.