A Richmond police officer successfully chased down a suspect in a shooting that injured a man Sunday afternoon, police said.
The incident unfolded at about noon, when police received reports of a shooting following an altercation near a market in the 1000 block of South 47th St., police Lt. Felix Tan said.
Officer Marshall Pagaling responded to the scene and learned the suspect had just left the market, Tan said. The officer then spotted the suspect, who ran, but the officer managed to detain him after a brief chase. The suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Stephen Barreras of Richmond, Tan said.
Other officers who responded to the scene found a blood-stained and loaded 9mm pistol near the market. Barreras was also found to have an outstanding arrest warrant for being a felon in possession of a firearm, Tan said.
About 20 minutes later, a resident reported seeing a victim of a shooting at the nearby Booker T. Anderson Park. Police responded and found the victim, a 27-year-old Richmond resident, suffering wounds to the leg and foot area, Tan said. His injuries were not considered life threatening.
Surveillance video from the market helped identify Barreras as the shooter, and community members additionally positively identified him as responsible, Tan said.
“We are proud of our officers’ quick response and ability to work as a team to apprehend the suspect of this heinous crime, without anyone else being hurt,” Tan said, adding, “We appreciate the community’s assistance in this senseless crime.”