Man accused of shooting Hampton police officer is paralyzed, attorney says

Posted at 12:32 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 12:33:02-04

HAMPTON, Va. - A man accused of shooting a Hampton police officer was scheduled to appear in Hampton District Court Wednesday afternoon, but never showed.

Leonard Morrison's attorneys and Hampton Roads Regional Jail Superintendent, Ronaldo Myers, told the judge Morrison is paralyzed.

Attorney Stuart Saunders says his client was injured in a shootout with police in June. Morrison is accused of shooting a Hampton police officer near Hampton Towne Center AMC.

Police say he and two others, Allen Ralph and James Gregory, had just attempted to rob a GameStop.

The officer was struck in his bulletproof vest, was treated at the hospital and released.

Additionally, Morrison and Gregory are charged in the murder of two Virginia Beach fathers. Detectives have also linked the incident in Hampton to a robbery of a Chesapeake GameStop.

Saunders says Morrison will leave Hampton Roads Regional Jail Thursday for occupational therapy treatments at a hospital to determine if he's permanently paralyzed.