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Man shot by Norfolk Police pleads guilty, gets one year in prison

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Posted at 2:22 PM, Apr 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-27 14:22:41-04

Norfolk, Va. – The man shot by a Norfolk Police officer on March 16th pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon during a court hearing on Monday. He was subsequently sentenced to a year in jail.

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. The officer who shot Chapman has been placed on administrative leave pending completion of the investigation.

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 was also charged with altering a serial number on the gun. That charge was nolle prossed because the Commonwealth could not prove that he altered it.

In Monday’s hearing, Chapman did note that he intends to appeal. He remains out of jail on bond at this time pending the appeal.

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