Police investigate officer involved shooting in Downtown Norfolk

Posted at 6:09 AM, Feb 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-14 19:29:01-05

NORFOLK, Va. – Virginia State Police are currently investigating a shooting involving two Norfolk Police officers.

Norfolk Police responded to a report of a person with a weapon in the 100 block of Granby Street late Saturday night around 10:30 p.m.

When officers arrived, they encountered a man armed with a handgun. The man was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A firearm was recovered at the scene. No officers were injured.

Sunday morning brought quiet back to Granby Street, but bullet holes in the front of Grace O'Malley's Irish Pub and Restaurant tell the story of the frightening night.

It's unknown what led to triggers being pulled but police say two officers shot the man. Witnesses told News 3 that they heard as many as seven shots.

The owner of Grace O'Malley's says the bullets that entered her business, fortunately, missed everyone inside. It's unclear if those bullets came from police or the suspect, but she says the staff was shaken.

"I have two dogs so I have to take them out pretty often and it just makes me kind of on edge to do my daily activities that I typically do throughout the day. It was definitely just kind of crazy. You don't expect that to happen right outside of your house," Gabi Gilbert, a woman who lives on Granby said.

This investigation is ongoing. Virginia State Police tell us the Chesapeake Field Office is handling the investigation. Once it's complete the findings will be handed over to the Commonwealth's Attorney for review.

The Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney tweeted a brief statement on the officer-involved shooting Monday:

"As the chief minister of justice for @NorfolkVA, I take seriously my duty to be transparent, to be thorough, & to be an independent watchdog for the rights of all. I will do that in this case when @VSPPIO completes their work & I complete mine, consistent with my ethical duties."