VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office has concluded its investigation into the shooting of a fugitive by police officers at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on March 20.
The 23-year-old fugitive was killed in the incident.
Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle said in his final report that officers were justified in the use of deadly force in the situation.
Using evidence, including bodycam footage, Stolle said it was clear that the officers returned fire after being fired upon by Baum. He said no officers will be charged in the death of Baum.
The shooting happened in the 200 block of 35th Street at the Oceanfront around 11:25 a.m.
In the report, the Norfolk Police Department believed Baum to be the prime suspect in two homicides.
One of the homicides was a drive-by shooting on March 19. Video footage showed a red SUV used in that incident. It was tied to a female associated of Baum.
Police were able to track Baum's cell phone location in the 35th Street area at the Oceanfront on March 20.
A red Mitsubishi Outlander that matched the SUV used in the drive-by shooting was found parked in the area.
That's Norfolk and Virginia Beach SWAT began an operational plan. Sometime after 11 a.m., officers saw Baum approach the SUV.
A vehicle was parked in front and behind the red SUV. When detectives approached Baum to arrest him, he got in the front seat and started the SUV.
Norfolk SWAT officers stopped their vehicle behind the left rear tire of Baum's SUV.
Officers exited the vehicle and commanded Baum to show his hands and get out of the SUV.
Officers kept repeating their commands but Baum instead drove his SUV forward, ramming into a parked vehicle. He kept pushing the gas pedal and ramming into the parked vehicle.
Officers could then see Baum reach toward the center console. The report said the officer can be heard on bodycam footage saying "Put it in park," and "He's reaching."
That's when Baum raised a gun toward the officers and fired it. The report said the driver's side window and smoke from the gunshot were blown outward from the driver's side of the SUV.
Two Norfolk SWAT officers and two Virginia Beach detectives returned fire. The report states bodycam footage shows the four officers shooting simultaneously.
Baum was hit and pronounced dead at 11:33 a.m. A Glock 27 .40-caliber handgun with an extended magazine was found next to his right hand. A total of six shell casings were found.
One officer fired his weapon 11 times, another 13 times. One of the detective's fired his weapon 4 times, while the other detective only fired once, the report said.