Norfolk Police fatally shoot man barricaded inside home for hours

Posted at 6:31 PM, Apr 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-22 18:31:17-04

barricadeNORFOLK, Va. - A man who barricaded himself inside a home is now dead after police say he shot at officers who then fired back, killing him.

The incident happened in the 1300 block of Church Street and started at 6 p.m.  Officers were told that a 30-year-old man had barricaded himself inside of the home.

Residents in the area were advised to shelter in place during the negotiation and reverse-911 was used to notify residents in the area.

Norfolk Police tried to negotiate with the man, who was wanted for outstanding warrants, but their attempts were unsuccessful.

Police said the man fired an assault-style weapon at them at 12:45 a.m. Saturday morning.

Officers fired back, killing the man. He died at the scene.  His name is being withheld until the family is notified.

Virginia State Police are investigating the shooting.

The Norfolk chapter of the NAACP says getting Virginia State Police involved shows Norfolk Police are being transparent.

"For the Chief of Police to reach out to the State Police, which is a neutral third party, to do a investigation of his officers is a good step toward showing that he wants to be transparent and wants to build trust with citizens of Norfolk," Richard James, Norfolk NAACP Chairman of Legal Redress, said.

The NAACP is trying to help police get a handle on the constant violence.

They've started a hotline to assist police.

You can contact them confidentially at 757-749-3398 or 757-692-9222.

While police were negotiating with the barricaded man, they heard gunshots a few blocks away.

Some officers left the scene of the barricade to investigate. In an unrelated incident, officers found one man who had been fatally shot. Police then shot an armed man who was standing near the body.

Read more here: One man dead, another shot by Norfolk Police