Norfolk Police now say recent shooting was caught on officer’s body camera

Posted at 3:18 PM, Apr 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-10 15:18:02-04

Norfolk, Va. – Norfolk Police now say that the officer who shot 22-year-old Dominique Chapman on March 16th did capture the shooting on his body-worn camera.

Chapman was shot that night after police had responded to 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.

Police say they confronted Chapman, who reportedly had a gun. At some point during that confrontation, Chapman was shot by an officer.

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.

Chapman has since been released from the hospital. He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and altering a serial number. He was granted bond on April 8th.

The day after the shooting took place, Norfolk Police said 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.

Police now say the officer activated his camera just after the shooting took place. Because of the technology used, the cameras automatically capture the 30 seconds prior to the activation. It was during that 30-second period of time that the shooting was captured.

The video will not be released at this time due to the ongoing investigation and review by the Commonwealth’s Attorney and the case against Chapman.

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


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