Investigation Into Police Shooting Complete

By: Lisa Ferrari Email
By: Lisa Ferrari Email

December 12, 2006

State Police have completed their investigation into the police shooting of Elvis Gene Shifflett.

The findings are now in the hands of Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Camblos. Camblos said he will make his decision Wednesday on whether or not to file charges based on that report.

In October two Charlottesville police officers shot Elvis Shifflett several times after a police chase and a three-hour manhunt that included dozens of officers, two helicopters and police dogs.

Police said Shifflett was shot while trying to steal a flat-bed truck. The Charlottesville Police Department had said the officers believed their lives and the lives of others were in danger.

Police have not said if Shifflett was armed at the time but family members said he was not and there was no reason to shoot Shifflett. The fugitive had been on the run after allegedly trying to shoot his girlfriend the week before.

Wednesday we should find out if the Commonwealth's Attorney believes the officers were justified or if they should face charges.

Charlottesville police say investigations like these are routine and regardless of the outcome of this report the officers still face an internal review.

Elvis Shifflett survived the shooting. He was transferred from a rehabilitation center to the Albemarle-Charlottesville regional jail on Friday.

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