VA officers wore activated body cameras in fatal shooting


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Four Virginia Special Warfare Unit officers were wearing activated body cameras when a man they were trying to arrest shot them and they returned fire, police said.

Norfolk police say Antonio Beekman, 41, is wanted by Virginia Beach police for malicious injury, use of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, The Virginian reported. -Pilot. Officers were trying to arrest Beekman on Tuesday when police said he began shooting at them and they returned fire, killing him. Officers are on administrative duty while the shooting is investigated.

All four officers involved had body-worn cameras that were activated prior to the shooting, but the department will not be releasing footage while the investigation is ongoing, which is standard even in shootings that do not involve officers, Norfolk Police Spokesman, Sgt. Will Pickering said. They identified themselves as officers, but Pickering declined to say whether they were in civilian clothes, in tactical gear or in police uniform. He did not identify the officers or provide any information about them. He also did not say whether police recovered a firearm from Beekman at the scene.

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Virginia police got involved in a shootout with a man they were looking to arrest and ended up killing him.

Since the Virginia State Police is leading the investigation, Pickering said anything released must now be coordinated by that agency.

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