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Charlottesville Police: Suspect Dies in Officer-Involved Shooting Near Rivanna Trail

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Police Chief Al Thomas, on scene Police Chief Al Thomas, on scene
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Police say a man is dead after an officer involved shooting near the Rivanna Trail.

Sometime after 1 p.m. Friday Charlottesville police officers responded to the 300 block of Riverside Avenue for reports of a sexual assault and robbery. Officers on scene located a victim, a 72-year-old female, who had sustained non-life threatening injuries. 

The victim was able to provide a description of the suspect. Police then located the suspect on the Rivanna Trail and he fled on foot at about 1:19 p.m. Police say the subject, 42-year-old J.C. Hawkins Jr. of Charlottesville, pointed his gun at the three officers. They then shot and killed Hawkins Jr.

The handgun was recovered at the scene.

"During this event shots were fired by officers and the suspect was struck and subsequently succumbed to his injuries. The Charlottesville Police Department believes there is no further threat to the community,” stated Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas.

If you were near the Rivanna Trail Friday and saw anything suspicious, contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434 970-3280.

Release from Virginia State Police:

The investigation remains ongoing into an officer-involved shooting Friday afternoon (Oct. 13) in the City of Charlottesville. At the request of Charlottesville Chief A.S. Thomas, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office is investigating the afternoon’s incidents.

At approximately 1 p.m., Charlottesville Police responded to a 911 call from a residence in the 300 block of Riverside Avenue for the sexual assault and armed robbery of a 72-year-old female. The male suspect fled the scene on foot. The victim was transported to UVA Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

As Charlottesville Police were searching the immediate area for the suspect, they located at approximately 1:19 p.m. a male subject fitting the suspect description. The male subject was found on the Rivanna Trail. As the officers approached the male subject, he ran into the Rivanna River during which time he pointed a handgun towards the three officers. The officers fired at the male subject. The male subject was struck and fell into the river.

The male subject was identified as J.C. Hawkins Jr., 42, of Charlottesville, Va. His remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for autopsy and examination.

The handgun was recovered at the scene.

No officers were injured in the incident.

The Albemarle County Police Department’s Underwater Recovery Team assisted at the scene on the Rivanna River.

Anyone with relevant information related to Friday afternoon’s Riverside Avenue assault and robbery and/or Hawkins is encouraged to call the Virginia State Police at 434-352-7128 or #77 on a cell phone or by email at questions@vsp.virginia.gov.

 

Charlottesville Police Department Press Release:

On October 13, 2017 at approximately 1:00 pm, Charlottesville Police officers responded to the 300 block of Riverside Avenue for a sexual assault and robbery with a firearm involved.

Officers located a victim who had sustained non-life threatening injuries. The victim was able to provide a description of the suspect.

While searching the area, Charlottesville Police Officers located an individual matching the suspect description on the Rivanna Trail. The armed suspect fled from officers on foot to the Rivanna River. Shots were fired by officers; the suspect was struck and succumbed to his injuries.

The Charlottesville Police Department believes there is no further threat to the community.

The Virginia State Police have been called upon to investigate the officer involved shooting and will provide additional information as deemed appropriate.

If you were in the area of Riverside Avenue or the Rivanna Trail this afternoon at approximately 1:00-2:00 pm, and saw any suspicious activity, we encourage you to call the Charlottesville Police Department at (434) 970-3280 or Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.