Man Charged in Officer-Involved Birdwood Ct. Shooting - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

Man Charged in Officer-Involved Birdwood Ct. Shooting

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A man has been charged after a hit-and-run that culminated in his being shot by an Albemarle County police officer.

Josue Salinas Valdez is charged with DUI, felony hit-and-run, assault of a law enforcement officer and attempted malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer.

According to a release from the Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, the incident began on May 26 around 8:45 p.m., when one vehicle rear-ended another at the intersection of Seminole Trail and Seminole Court, and then took off.

The driver of the vehicle that was struck called the police with a description of the suspect and his vehicle, as well as a license plate number, according to the release.

Albemarle County officers James Herring and William Underwood located the suspect vehicle at 105 Birdwood Court in Charlottesville, where the release says Salinas Valdez, the vehicle's registered owner, was standing on the porch.

The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office says Salinas Valdez slurred his speech and smelled like alcohol when the officers questioned him and an altercation ensued, during which Salinas Valdez grabbed Underwood, injuring him, and Herring deployed his taser. Then, the release says, Salinas Valdez gained possession of Underwood's baton.

According to the release, Herring had gone to his car to replace his taser cartridge when Underwood told Salinas Valdez twice to drop the baton or he would shoot him, and when Salinas Valdez didn't drop it, Underwood shot him once in the torso.

Salinas Valdez returned to stable condition. He is free on bond and will have a court hearing Tuesday afternoon.

Underwood will not be charged.

The investigation of the incident was conducted by the Charlottesville Police Department. Read the full release here.

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