RPD: Officers fatally shoot man in domestic violence incident

Photo from the crime scene by Mike Kinney

Richmond police fatally shot a man who was attacking members of his family early today, police said.

Officers were called at 2:34 a.m. to a home in the 900 block of Wilson Avenue on a report of a home invasion, with the caller reporting his dad had broken a window to enter the home, Richmond police spokesperson Lt. Matthew Stonebraker said.

The caller said the suspect was armed with a knife and trying to stab the family, Stonebraker said. The caller added that the family was trapped inside the home and was unable to exit, he said.

Richmond officers responded and confronted the armed suspect at the rear patio door, police said.

According to the police statement, this is what ensued:

“Officers interrupted the suspect’s physical assault on a family member, then fired when the armed suspect ignored commands and advanced on them.  The suspect was later pronounced deceased on scene. Officers rescued an adult female suffering from a laceration to her stomach and a male juvenile suffering from a laceration to his face. No other family members were harmed during the incident.”

The family is bring treated at a local hospital for non-life threating injuries. 

The suspect reportedly had a restraining order against him and prior domestic violence contacts, police said.

No further information was immediately available.