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Fatal Chesterfield Police Shooting Ruled Justified

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CHESTERFIELD, VA—A Chesterfield County Police officer's fatal shooting of a Richmond man was ruled to be justified by a grand jury, police announced Wednesday.

Frankie Pitt, 45, of Richmond, was fatally shot by a Chesterfield County Police officer January 13.

A multi-jurisdictional grand jury ruled the shooting was justified under all of the surrounding facts and circumstances.

Police say the officer involved in the shooting stopped to assist what he believed was a disabled vehicle, when the officer identified the driver as a suspect in a gas station larceny that had occurred earlier that night.

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.

The officer who shot Pitt was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital, following the shooting.

Police said an interval investigation into the officer's actions is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Chesterfield County Police at 804-748-1251.


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