RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond police have identified the suspect who was injured in an officer-involved shooting that happened on New Year’s Eve.
The suspect, identified as Orlando J. Carter Jr., has been charged with possession of a firearm while being a convicted felon, felony attempt to elude police, reckless driving and additional driving-related offenses.
RPD’s Chief Gerald Smith said officers tried pulling a vehicle over around 5:05 p.m. at 20th Street and Fairmount Avenue after they saw it driving recklessly.
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Officials said the driver, identified as Carter, did not pull over and a chase ensued before the vehicle struck a parked vehicle in the 1300 block of Coalter Street.
The chief said Carter then got out of the vehicle with a weapon in hand and tried to run away towards the officers. Polise said Carter “pointed a firearm at Officer Ja-Ontay Wilson. Officer Wilson discharged his service weapon, striking Carter Jr.”
RPD says officers rendered first aid immediately and the suspect was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said they recovered the suspect’s firearm at the scene.
Officials said Officer Ja-Ontay Wilson has been with the Richmond Police Department for three years. He has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.
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