Man dies after exchanging shots with Chesapeake Police officers

Posted at 4:37 AM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-28 13:43:43-04

Chesapeake, Va. - A 26-year-old Chesapeake man who officers shot after he opened fire on them Tuesday night has died as a result of his injuries.

Chesapeake Police say they were serving an Emergency Custody Order to the man, identified as 26-year-old Joshua Brooks, in the 1300 block of Hawthorne Drive around 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

The Emergency Custody Order was secured by a citizen and is generally used to take a person into custody for a mental evaluation.

When officers arrived at the home, they were greeted at the door by a female family member.

Officers say they saw Brooks enter the home through a back door. He was reportedly armed with a 9 mm handgun and fired a round inside the house.

Police say the officers and the female retreated from the front porch while Brooks left the house through the back door. They say he came around to the front of the house and continued to fire the gun, shooting the woman as she attempted to run away.

He then started shooting in the direction of the officers.

The officers then returned fire, hitting Brooks. He was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries where he later died.

Police said the woman who was shot during the incident was Brooks's mother.  She was treated at the hospital and released.

No officers were injured during the altercation. The officers involved have been placed on administrative duty.

The officers were wearing body cameras but the video will not be released at this time.

Chesapeake Police are still investigating.