State trooper shot in Richmond: Emergency calls reveal tense moments

RICHMOND, Va. -- Emergency communications highlight the tense moments after a Virginia State Trooper was shot in Richmond’s Mosby Court public housing neighborhood Friday evening.

“Clear the streets. Clear the streets at Coalter and Redd,” one person can be heard saying via the Broadcastify recording.

“Station back to Coalter now moving towards MCV," another person responds. "I’m notifying MCV. Units responding to MVCU be advised they’ve been notified it’s on lockdown.”

Virginia State Police said the incident started around 7:30 p.m., when a Richmond police officer partnered with a Virginia State Police Special Agent approached a vehicle for a consensual encounter in the 1900 block of Redd Street.

They said the stop was initiated after the officer and special agent observed a car pull up to the curb and park the wrong way of the street.

“The Richmond Police Officer was in uniform and driving a marked Richmond Police SUV. The Richmond Police Officer and Special Agent walked up to the car and struck up a conversation with the driver as part of a consensual encounter. During the course of the encounter, the Special Agent was shot by the passenger in the car, who fled on foot,” said State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

Richmond Ambulance Authority medics arrived within three and a half minutes and the trooper arrived at VCU Medical Center within 8 and half minutes of the call, according to a RAA official.

The Special Agent was transported to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. He is currently undergoing surgery at VCU Medical Center, sources say.

Geller said the driver was detained by police and the suspect, who was the passenger in the vehicle, is still at large after fleeing the scene.

The suspect is described as a black male with a medium build, 5'8” to 5'10” tall, in his mid-20s, with a short crop haircut. He was seen wearing a red, possibly plaid, button-up shirt with 3/4 inch sleeves and khaki cargo shorts or pants.

Assisting the Virginia State Police and Richmond Police with the ongoing search are the Henrico County Police, Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, US Marshals Service, and ATF.

The shooting remains under investigation.

Mosby Court with 458 units, built in 1962 and named after Benjamin Mosby, a real estate developer here in the early 1800s. It's just east of Virginia Commonwealth University's medical campus, across the Martin Luther King Bridge.

Mosby is one of Richmond's six subsidized housing projects -- the courts.

Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Virginia State Police at 804-553-3445 or #77 on a cell phone or by email at questions@vsp.virginia.gov. Tips can also be called in to the Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or to Richmond Police by calling 911.