Richmond Police

California Sergeant Attacked by Man He Was Trying to Help

Sergeant D. Nelson;  Photo: via Facebook @richmondpolicecali

Sergeant D. Nelson; Photo: via Facebook @richmondpolicecali

A Richmond, CA police sergeant suffered facial injuries after being attacked by a man he was trying to help on Wednesday.

Sergeant D. Nelson was on patrol when he saw the suspect laying in the middle of the street. He stopped his vehicle and helped the man, who appeared intoxicated, cross the street and get to the sidewalk. 

Without warning, the suspect became angry and began striking the sergeant in the face. The sergeant was able to get control of the man and place him under arrest. 

Sergeant Nelson suffered a broken nose and contusions but is expected to recover. 

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Richmond, VA Police Memorial Statue Vandalized

Photo: AP via dailymail.co.uk

Photo: AP via dailymail.co.uk

The Richmond, VA police department was unnerved after discovering that a bronze memorial dedicated to their fallen officers had been vandalized on Wednesday.

The 8-foot tall statue, depicting a police officer holding a young child, was discovered with red paint across the face and an "X" scrawled across the officer's chest.

The vandals also painted the words "Justice for Alton" at the foot of the statue, citing the name of a man killed by Baton Rouge police officers recently.

Richmond Police Chief Alfred Dunham said, "This is a cowardly act for someone to come and air his or her grievances at a memorial in honor of 28 police officers."

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Man Who Shot Richmond, VA Police Officer Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison

Officer William Turner;  Photo: Richmond Police via richmond.com

Officer William Turner; Photo: Richmond Police via richmond.com

A man who pled guilty to shooting a Richmond, VA police officer on January 2, 2015 has been sentenced to 23 years in prison. 

Tamar Xavier Harris shot Officer William Turner as Turner arrived on scene while responding to a call of an argument between Harris and his siblings.

Officer Turner was seriously wounded and required extensive rehabilitation therapy, including the need to relearn to walk. Officer Turner has since returned to work and is now patrolling the same neighborhood where the shooting took place.

Harris had a history of mental illness and multiple prior suicide attempts, including a 2012 incident where he shot himself in the head.

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Richmond, VA Officer Shot and Injured Following Brief Foot Pursuit

A Richmond, VA police officer was shot in the leg following a brief foot pursuit early Sunday morning.

The incident began at just after midnight when officers stopped to speak with a man standing in the area of Garland Avenue and Hooper Street. The unidentified man immediately took off running from the officers.

At some point during the foot pursuit the suspect turned and fired upon the officers, striking one in the leg. Officers returned fire, although it is unclear if the suspect was struck.

The suspect was eventually located and gun recovered after officers and K9’s searched the area.

The officer was transported to VCU Medical Center and is expected to recover.

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UPDATE: Kentucky Officer Dies of Injuries Sustained in Wednesday Shooting

A Kentucky police officer shot in the head while searching for a robbery suspect on Wednesday has died. 

Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis, 33, sustained the grievous injuries after being ambushed and shot while searching an apartment for individuals connected to a nearby robbery.

Ellis was a seven year veteran of the Richmond police department.

The suspected shooter, Raleigh Sizemore, 34, allegedly shot Ellis after the officer entered the room where Sizemore was hiding. Another officer on scene shot and wounded Sizemore and he was subsequently taken into custody.

Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes said, "It's just heartbreaking. It's an emotional time for everyone in the community. Those guys work so hard to protect the city."

Officer Ellis left behind a wife and 4 year old son. He is the 107th officer to have died in the line of duty this year.

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