The Richmond Police Department is conducting an investigation into an officer-involved shooting yesterday that resulted in the death of a Henrico man, Marcus-David L. Peters, 24, of the 6700 block of Dartmouth Avenue. RPD detectives are asking eyewitnesses to contact them to share their accounts and any photographs or videos they may have taken.
Chief Alfred Durham has spoken with the family today to offer his condolences.
“We are all deeply affected by what happened here – by the loss of life,” said Chief Durham. “Our officers do not take the use of deadly force lightly. I think it’s important to remember that being naked does not remove a threat. So far, the eyewitness accounts we’ve heard have been consistent: our officer tried using verbal commands, then used non-lethal force first by deploying his Taser before using his service weapon.”
The shooting took place near the I-95 northbound on-ramp from Chamberlayne Avenue in Richmond following a short pursuit that began following a hit-and-run.
Shortly after 5:30 p.m., Monday, May 14, an RPD officer observed Peters driving a sedan that struck another vehicle at the intersection of W. Franklin and N. Belvidere Streets. Peters fled the scene in his vehicle. The RPD officer pursued Peters northbound and onto the I-95 on-ramp.
Peters lost control of his vehicle after striking two other vehicles on the on-ramp. Peters emerged from his disabled vehicle and ran into the northbound lanes of I-95. He was not wearing any clothes.
Peters then ran back towards the on-ramp and charged the RPD officer who deployed his Taser in an effort to disable Peters. It proved ineffective, so the officer fired his service weapon, striking Peters, who was unarmed.
Peters was transported to a local medical center where he died shortly after midnight.
The RPD officer, a male with ten years of service, has been placed on administrative leave which is standard procedure while the Department’s Force Investigation Team (FIT) conducts its investigation. The FIT detectives will interview the officer and any other eyewitnesses that can be located. They will review the officer’s body-worn-camera video and any other video or photographs that can be located. Such images can be submitted to the RPD using the Crime Stoppers P-3 app which has its own category labeled “95 Incident.”
Once completed, the final FIT report will be presented to Chief Durham and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
The officer’s name will be released once risk assessment has been completed.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective R. Wigfall at (804) 646-6769 or contactCrime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app “95 Incident” for smart phones may also be used to submit still photographs or videos. All three Crime Stoppers methods of contact are anonymous.
NBC12 has pictures of the victim and a few quotes from people on the scene shortly after the incident.