Albemarle, C'ville Police Release Few Details in Officer-involved Shooting

By: Chris Stover Email
By: Chris Stover Email

May 28, 2013


Albemarle County Police have confirmed the officer involved in the shooting on Birdwood Court has been put on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

May 27, 2013

One day after a police officer-involved shooting in Charlottesville, authorities are releasing very few details about what led the officer to fire a weapon.

Neighbors who live on Birdwood Court in Charlottesville are shaken up, many asking how the incident took place. Police tape lay in the street Monday as neighbors piece together what happened.

"I've never seen anything like that happening in this neighborhood," said Juan Cervantes, a resident of Birdwood Court.

Cervantes lives a few doors down from the scene of the shooting. Around 9 p.m. Sunday, he was cleaning up in his yard after a cookout with his family.

"We were just folding the tables and chairs when I heard someone was having an argument," he said.

A few doors down, Laura Rydin was spending time with her kids.

"We were watching a movie inside our house, and all of a sudden, we heard this boom, and I was like, 'What on earth?'" she said.

Albemarle County Police were at the Charlottesville home to investigate an incident from earlier in the day. They will not say what the initial investigation was that led them to be at the Charlottesville home. Also, police have not released any charges or arrests in connection with either case.

One day later, both the Albemarle County and Charlottesville police departments remained largely quiet.

The gunshot victim was taken to the hospital. His condition is also unknown.

"I mean, I really don't know but I wish to know that he's fine," Cervantes said.

As many neighbors watched from their homes on Sunday as the scene unfolded, many say they are still in shock that something like this could happen in their community.

"It's a lot of families here, a lot of children here," Rydin said. "You should see the bus stop in the morning. There's like 20 kids getting on at the same time."

"It's been really quiet," Cervantes said. "Very nice, decent people living around here."

Charlottesville Police say they're investigating the case along with the commonwealth's attorney.

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