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Search for Answers Continues in Birdwood Court Shooting

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Residents of a Charlottesville neighborhood remain in the dark about a shooting Sunday night that was uncharacteristic of the place they call home.

It's not clear what the Albemarle County police officer was investigating on Birdwood Court, who was shot or for that matter why the person was shot. This is the third officer-involved shooting in Charlottesville and Albemarle County since December.

Tuesday, the Albemarle County officer who pulled the trigger and sent a man to the hospital is on paid administrative leave, as Albemarle and Charlottesville police conduct separate investigations into what happened Sunday night.

"This is not a TV show. These things that you see on television, you know, a CSI program, you've got one hour to watch it and the case has been cleared," said Ronnie Roberts, spokesperson for the Charlottesville Police Department.

Charlottesville police are asking neighbors and the public for patience, as their investigation into an officer-involved shooting Sunday night continues.

"Gathering of the data and any evidentiary aspects of the case is being handled by investigators and today they're still hard at it, again, continuing their efforts into the investigation," Roberts said.

The details of that investigation are still very much a mystery. But this is what's been confirmed: Charlottesville officers responded to Birdwood Court around 9:00 Sunday night, not far the intersection of Route 250 and McIntire Road. An Albemarle County officer was already on the scene conducting an investigation when he shot and wounded a man, sending him to the University of Virginia Medical Center for treatment.

NBC29 reached out to both police departments and both commonwealth's attorney's offices and spoke to neighbors. But many questions are still unanswered. We don't know why a county officer was in the area, or what that officer was investigating. We don't know the identity of the victim, or his condition, and we don't know what charges, if any, could be filed.

"There are certain facts about cases that we can't divulge in the efforts so that it doesn't compromise all of the legwork of the investigators and what they've been doing since this incident has occurred," Roberts said.

Charlottesville is leading the investigation into Sunday's shooting. Meanwhile, Albemarle County police are conducting their own internal investigation into the shooting involving their officer. That officer is now on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol in this situation.

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