CHESTERFIELD, VA—A candlelight vigil will be held Thursday for the Richmond man shot and killed by a Chesterfield Police officer Sunday morning after police say the man stole a cash box, got into a struggle with the officer and attempted to take his gun.
Frankie Pitt, 45, of Richmond was shot and killed by a Chesterfield County Police officer just before 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning.
A candlelight vigil for Pitt will be held Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at 3712 Cottrell Road in Richmond.
Police say the officer involved in the shooting stopped to assist what he believed was a disabled vehicle parked on the on ramp to southbound Chippenham Parkway from Hull Street Road.
When the officer approached the vehicle, he discovered the driver was the suspect in the larceny of a cash drawer that had been reported stolen from the Circle K store approximately 10 minutes before, police said.
A series of videos released by Chesterfield Police on Tuesday show a man they believe to be Pitt entering the store, grabbing the cash drawer and leaving.
When the officer attempted to take the driver into custody, police say Pitt resisted and a struggle for the officer's gun ensued.
The officer then fired his weapon, striking Pitt. Pitt died at the scene.
Police believe Pitt was also involved in another larceny of a cash register. On Saturday, Jan. 12, just before 6 a.m., a suspect entered the Uppy's at 2117 Willis Road, stole the cash register and fled. Surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect.
Azzie Robinson, Pitt's fiancée and partner of 20 years, told 8News she wants a clear answer from police about what happened.
Robinson says officers told her Pitt was suspected of robbing a Circle K store, and that he tried to grab an officer's gun.
But Robinson says Pitt was not a violent man and had no reason to steal, since he had a regular job as a truck driver.
"He always had a job, always worked," Azzie Robinson told 8News. Robinson says Pitt would never have committed the crimes of which he is accused.
"The detective told me 'Well you know, people got a lot of things to hide.' Well you know what? He didn't have things to hide from me," Robinson said.
Pitt was a freemason and a recognized member of his community. He also held achievement certificates for past work with the Department of Public Works. The couple even took a cruise with Robinson's parents last summer; Robinson says what police have told her doesn't add up.
"What they told me so far is so vague, it's just hard to believe; it's just hard to believe," Robinson said.
The officer who shot Pitt was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital.
Following protocol, the officer has been assigned to a non-enforcement position while the incident is being investigated.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Chesterfield County Police at 804-748-1251.
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