State Police investigating officer-involved shooting in Portsmouth

Virginia Beach State Police are investigating the Portsmouth Police invloved Shooting

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- An investigation is underway after an officer-involved shooting and residential burglary took place in Portsmouth.

On Sunday around noon police said, “Officers responded for a burglary in progress call.”

Portsmouth Police Department spokesman Ricky Wright said, “Once they (officers) arrived, they observed individuals coming out of the house, one of which was armed.”

A suspect was then shot at a house on the 1100 block of Tatem Avenue.  According to officials, the injuries are non-life threatening.

One neighbor says he saw it all through his window. We are not sharing his name because he did not want to be identified.

“I heard three shots, and then worked its way down here,” said the neighbor

The man said he heard shots come from both sides of the street, “One of the cops was shot in the Kevlar vest, I think.”

When we asked if officers were shot at, police told us, “At this moment state police is investigating that. They would be the best ones to ask that question to.”

The neighbor even recorded footage of the suspected burglar taken away in the ambulance.

“He looked like he was about 15 or 16 years old,” said the man. “I have been here 12 years, and I have never had seen anything like this, at least a shooting like this.”

The Virginia State Police will be continuing the investigation. 

“Until then, we just ask the public to please keep everyone in their thoughts and prayers,” said Officer Wright.

The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave. 

There is no additional information at this time.

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