Officer did not activate body camera in Norfolk shooting

Posted at 11:18 PM, Mar 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-19 00:27:47-04

Norfolk, Va. - Norfolk Police Detectives are continuing to investigate after a man was shot by officers on Monday night. The shooting happened at 26th Street and Leo Street around 9:30 p.m.

Officers were called to the area after receiving reports of a group of men shooting guns.

Officers arrived on the scene and confronted a man with a handgun. Shots were fired, but it is not clear if it was only police shooting or if the man was shooting back.

The man was identified as 22-year-old Dominique Chapman. He was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to be okay.

Chapman has been arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, and altering a serial number or other identification on a firearm.  At this time, Chapman remains hospitalized and in police custody.

His mother, Felicia Wyatt, spoke to NewsChannel 3 on Tuesday.

"They've said he's doing fine. He's communicating. He's talking. He's breathing on his own," says Wyatt.

Wyatt says she hasn't been allowed to see her son yet.

"I just want to see him. I want to see his eyes and see where he's at and if he can remember who I am and whatever like that. I just want to hold him and give him a hug and let him know I'm here and I'm always going to be here," she says.

The officer who shot Chapman has been placed on administrative leave pending completion of the investigation. He has been with the department since 2012.

The officers responding to the call were wearing body cameras. However, the officer involved in the shooting did not activate his camera during the incident.

Body cameras were introduced to the Norfolk Police Department just over a month ago, in early February. The department says the new cameras have added an additional step to the issues they must consider when responding to calls involving weapons. They expect that the use of the new technology will improve over time.

There was video recorded by other officers on scene. However, the incident itself was not recorded.