Charlottesville Police: Suspect Dies in Officer-Involved Shooting Near Rivanna Trail
Charlottesville police say a man is dead after an officer involved shooting near the Rivanna Trail Friday afternoon.
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.