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Man shot by Norfolk Police granted bond

Posted at 12:44 PM, Apr 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-08 18:49:39-04

Norfolk, Va. - The 22-year-old man shot by a Norfolk Police officer in March was granted a $2,500 surety bond in court on Wednesday.

Dominique Chapman was shot on March 16th at 26th Street and Leo Street by a Norfolk Police officer.

Officers had been called to the area that night after receiving reports of a group of men shooting guns in the air.

Norfolk Police have not addressed what exactly led to the shooting during their confrontation with Chapman, but new details were revealed in court Wednesday.

According to a prosecutor from the Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney's office, which is handling the case, two officers noticed what appeared to be a gun under Chapman's jacket.  An officer asked him to stop, but Chapman ran away.  Chapman drew his gun at one point but dropped it, according to the prosecutor.

The prosecutor said as Chapman was reaching for the gun on the ground, he was shot by an officer.  He went on to to say that Chapman then picked up his gun and ran away.  He was apprehended by officers a short time later.

Chapman spoke to NewsChannel 3 from jail on April 1 and admitted he did have a gun but said he never pulled it out. He says it fell out while he was running.

“I never threatened the officer for him to even start pulling his gun out on me,” Chapman told NewsChannel 3.

He was ultimately charged with carrying a concealed weapon and altering a serial number.

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