No criminal charges against Chesapeake officers in fatal shooting

Posted at 5:05 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 22:26:24-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - No criminal charges will be brought against two officers who exchanged gunfire with a man on April 27.

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.

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.

After a review of the investigation, the Commonwealth's Attorney will not be seeking criminal charges against the officers.

The Commonwealth's Attorney also included that Brook's mother sought and received a Temporary Detention Order for her son because it was "the only way to get him help," referring to a mental illness.

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Police Involved Shooting on April 26, 2016

Brooks was involuntarily admitted to a psychiatric hospital on April 11 and was cited to have poor judgement and could be a danger to himself and others.

He was discharged from the hospital on April 20 with a diagnosis of "schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type."

On April 26 Brook's mother had to seek another TDO because of her son's behaviors. Two Chesapeake officers went to the home to execute the order which is when the incident began.

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