Officers Cleared in Internal Review

By: Lisa Ferrari Email
By: Lisa Ferrari Email

December 15, 2006

Charlottesville police have completed their internal review into the Elvis Shifflett police shooting. The officers have been completely cleared of any wrong-doing.

During a press briefing Police Chief Tim Longo went into detail about why the officers were justified and what exactly led them to shoot at wanted fugitive Elvis Shifflett.

According to Longo on October 20, 2006, after a three hour manhunt, an officer spotted Shifflett trying to steal a flat bed truck and that the officer thought Shifflett had a gun.

“He comes up from a position that I believe he may have been lying in the front seat and he comes up as if pointing a weapon and he does so very quickly and at that point officer Richardson believes this guy is pointing a gun at him,” demonstrated Longo.

Shifflett was in fact unarmed but the officer believing otherwise yelled, “gun” and commanded Shifflet to show his hands.

“Officer Richardson is pointing his gun inside the cabin saying ‘He's in the truck. He's in the truck. Show me your hands,' and at that point the truck begins to back forward," said Longo.

The truck, they said, begins moving at a high rate of speed toward two officers. The two officers thinking they and others were in danger exercised deadly force.

“To prevent the suspect from escaping Davis fired two caliber rounds into the truck,” said Longo.

Another officer fired one shot at the tire of the truck. Shifflett suffered four wounds police said possibly from bullet fragments.

“The use of deadly force was justified reasonable and within the guidelines of departmental policy,” said Longo.

Shifflett has been on the run from police for a week. Police said he allegedly tried to shoot his girlfriend in court square. Reports indicated he was armed and dangerous.

Police also say they have reason to believe Shifflett was high on crack cocaine at the time he was shot.

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