Update: Police Release Information in Officer Involved Shooting

By: Chris Stover Email
By: Chris Stover Email

May 30, 2013


Four days after an Albemarle County police officer was involved in a shooting in Charlottesville, police are releasing some details.

Charlottesville Police have finally released the name of the man who was shot by an Albemarle County officer over the weekend, and who shot him.

They say Albemarle Officer William Underwood shot Josue Salinas Valdez at Valdez's home on Birdwood Court in Charlottesville Sunday night.

Police say it began as a hit and run investigation in Albemarle County, and that's what caused Officers Underwood and James Herring to arrive at Valdez's home.

Albemarle Police refused to provide any information about the hit and run investigation.

Charlottesville Police say there was a struggle at the home, and that's when Underwood shot Valdez. Valdez is still at the University of Virginia Medical Center, in stable condition.

Charlottesville Police say, they were not there when the shot was fired.

"Our officers were called after the incident occurred," said Lt. Ronnie Roberts with Charlottesville Police. "Our officers were working with the medical staff, with the Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad, and then securing the crime scene itself."

Officer Underwood has been put on administrative leave while the police department does an internal investigation.

An officer with the same name, William Underwood, received an award last week from the Albemarle County Police Foundation for valor, because he participated in a murder-suicide investigation at Rio Mills in December. During that response, an officer fired a shot at a suspect and missed.

Albemarle Police refused to confirm if the Officer Underwood who received the award, and the Officer Underwood who shot Valdez is the same person.

The Birdwood Court investigation comes just two months after Charlottesville Police were investigating another officer-involved shooting. That happened at the Elks Club in March.

In that case, Officer Alex Bruner fired a shot at a suspect, wounding him. Bruner has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Roberts says the Birdwood Court case has been harder to work out because there are fewer witnesses than in the Elks Club case.

"In this case you don't have a number of people who were out and about during this type of an incident," said Roberts.

Police don't know yet when Valdez will get out of the hospital, or if he will face charges. They say that is up to the Commonwealth's Attorney. Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman confirmed that his office is investigating the case, but said he could not make any comment about it.

May 28, 2013

Police are canvasing Birdwood Court, but are not releasing any new information.

After an officer-involved shooting at a Charlottesville home Sunday night that left one person wounded, police are still releasing few details about what led the officer to fire the weapon.

The shooting happened in the 100-block of Birdwood Court around 9 p.. Sunday. Albemarle County Police were at the Charlottesville home investigating a case that happened earlier in the day.

The only thing Charlottesville Police have confirmed is that an Albemarle County officer fired a weapon, hitting a man at the home.

Neighbors tell the Newsplex the victim is still at the University of Virginia Medical Center receiving treatment for his injuries, but police have not given an update on his condition.

On Tuesday, Albemarle County Police confirm the officer who fired the weapon has been put on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation. While that's protocol, it's something police wouldn't confirm until Tuesday.

County police also say any information on what led them to that house in the first place will come from the city. Charlottesville Police said Tuesday they have no information to give out.

Neighbors said they're anxious to hear from police about what happened and what led the officer to fire his gun.

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