RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Two Richmond Police officers were hurt in a shootout on Semmes Avenue early this morning.
The suspect, Waseem A. Hackett, 19, of no known permanent address, was charged with malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Hackett was also served with outstanding warrants from a nearby jurisdiction. Additional charges are pending. His booking photo will be released once it becomes available, police added.
Officers responded for a report of someone with a gun near the Sun Trust Bank. When they arrived someone started shooting, and the officers returned fire. Two officers were shot. Hackett was shot as well. He suffered a non-life-threatening injury.
All three were taken to a nearby hospital.
One officer suffered life threatening injures and the other officer suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
Two other people were detained for questioning in the shootout.
At this time, only one of the three individuals stated they attended the protests earlier in the evening.
Lisa Kirk, who lives a few hundred feet down Semmes Avenue, told 8News she woke up to the commotion overnight.
“I could see the blue lights, I got up, and I could hear three shots,” she said. Then heard somebody yell “get in the car! Get in the car!”
“I’ve never seen so many police cars coming from all directions,” she added. “They knew someone was in danger, whether it was a police officer or someone else, they were running down in the midst of it.”
Kirk said she saw officers sprinting down Semmes Avenue toward the Robert E. Lee Bridge. Moments later, Kirk witnessed a man being taken into custody.
“They were so gentle with him,” she added.
According to a police source, one of the officers has life-threatening injuries and the other is expected to be okay.
The Richmond Police Department’s Force Investigation Team will look into the shooting and submit a report to the Chief of Police and Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
Kirk didn’t know if the shooting was connected to the ongoing protests being held in the city but told 8News life is valuable, which is why she hopes the violence will soon come to en end.
“I just hope people in Richmond know that we have a wonderful wonderful city,” she said. “Violence is not gonna help it.”