Virginia chief says armed suspect killed during police chase

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Posted: Jul 04, 2015 4:50 PM

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Police in Newport News, Virginia, say a 23-year-old man was fatally shot by police after he ignored their pleas to put down a sawed-off shotgun.

Police Chief Richard Myers said Kawanza Jamal Beaty was shot early Saturday in the ship-building city. He says the three officers involved in the fatal chase were put on paid administrative leave while separate investigations are conducted.

While Myers said his department has been a leader in equipping its force with body cameras, none of the officers involved in the chase was wearing one.

Myers said someone nearby had heard the police warning "Drop the weapon! Drop the weapon!" but had not witnessed the deadly encounter.

Myers said he met with clergy and civil rights officials and promised a transparent investigation. Beaty was African-American.