Police: Norfolk teen stabs mom, sets fire, is shot by officers

Posted at 4:27 AM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 16:52:15-04

NORFOLK, Va. - A 15-year-old male was shot by Norfolk Police officers as they were responding to reports of a stabbing on the 2300 Block of Maltby Avenue early Wednesday morning.

After a preliminary investigation, police say a woman's 15-year-old son stabbed her inside the residence and set fire to the apartment complex.

Police were called to Maltby Avenue around 3:45 a.m. Investigators say when police got to the scene, the teen came out of the home and toward them with a knife. The officer initially backed away from the man and gave verbal commands for him to stop. The teen continued to charge at the officer with the knife and officers shot him.

Officers performed first aid on the suspect and treated his gunshot wounds until paramedics arrived.

The mother was able to escape and barricaded herself in a nearby apartment.

Norfolk Fire-Rescue was also called and responded to the scene to extinguish a fire.

The 50-year-old mother sustained a significant stab wound and was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The teen is also being treated at Sentara with non-life threatening injuries.

Officers were wearing body cameras and the event was captured on video. Charges are pending against the suspect.

As standard policy, the officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.