NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Police arrested a man who had threatened suicide by cop in March while wearing a police ballistics vest and carrying guns. He was subsequently shot by police.
Nicholas Christopher was arrested in the 100 block of Emancipation Drive around 3:45 p.m. Thursday.
Christopher had been found by police wandering around his apartment complex in the 300 block of St. Thomas Drive, and was threatening ‘suicide by cop’ on March 30.
He was wearing a ballistic vest with the word “POLICE” and was armed with an AR-15 rifle and a handgun.
Police said they fired one shot into Christopher’s lower abdomen, after he refused to drop the weapons.
Christopher was charged with brandishing a firearm, having oversized magazines and felony assault on a law enforcement officer.
Christopher was formerly a police officer for Hampton University.
Original incident: Officer-involved shooting under investigation in Newport News