NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A man suspected in a killing the previous night was fatally shot when officers confronted him early Friday, police in Virginia said.
Two officers on routine patrol about 4 a.m. Friday spotted 25-year-old Tyre Privott walking in the road, Norfolk police spokeswoman Cpl. Melinda Wray said by phone.
When officers got out of their vehicle and confronted him, Privott shot at them, Wray said. One officer fired, striking and killing Privott, she said. The officers weren't injured.
Police had been sent to Ocean View Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Thursday for a reported shooting and found 24-year-old Chaz Hall suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, the spokeswoman said in a news release. Hall died at a hospital, and police identified Privott as a suspect. Officers got a warrant charging Privott with second-degree murder.
Laticia Stith told the Virginian-Pilot that she heard five shots and looked out the window of her sister's apartment to see one man standing over another in the street. She didn't realize initially that the man was an officer. Stith said the man stood there without touching the man on the ground and she didn't see anyone else near them.
Stith walked down to the street to tell police what she saw but said she couldn't stop looking outside when she returned.
"I couldn't sleep," Stith said. "I just couldn't stop looking at the man on the ground."
One of the officers was wearing a body camera, Wray said, but did not have time to activate it.
Both officers were placed on routine administrative duty, she said.
Wray did not know the race of the officers. Privott was black. Race hasn't been raised as a factor, but the question comes amid a national debate about the deaths of black men at the hands of police.