HAMPTON, Va. - Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect connected to a shooting that happened Wednesday, May 5, around 2 a.m.
Officers were patrolling in the area of the 700 block of Macon Drive when a passing vehicle shot at the occupied police vehicle.
One marked police vehicle was struck twice by gunfire.
The officers on scene initiated a vehicle pursuit, but the suspect(s) evaded officers.
The officers involved were not injured.
Police believe that officers were targeted by the suspect(s).
Interim Police Chief Kenneth Ferguson said the police officers who were in the car are doing fine but he doesn’t think the gravity of what happened has hit them yet.
“I will say this, the people that joined and chose law enforcement as a career, they are brave men and women in uniform every day. What is going on in our climate, in the world today—we put that aside, does it affect them emotionally…I’m sure, but you do it because you are protecting people you haven’t met yet. People you have a need to serve. And those are the type of men and women we have in our department. When you do this, the job is bigger than you, and that’s what we have in the police department," Ferguson said.
He added the officers will undergo stress management and counseling before they will return to duty.
Hampton investigators have not yet released any detailed information on the shooter’s vehicle, described as a dark sedan.
If you or anyone you know has information that will help police call the Crime Line at 1–888-LOCK-U-UP. Tipsters can also send an anonymous tip by visiting the secure tip form at P3Tips.com.