Roanoke police investigate shooting by officer
posted May 3 2012 10:33AM
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A Roanoke police officer is on administrative leave while the department investigates whether he was justified in firing his gun to stop a reported carjacking.
Police Chief Chris Perkins says Officer J. Fuhrman fired a single shot early Wednesday morning to stop the driver of a stolen pickup truck as he accelerated toward another officer, D.E. Spradlin. Perkins says Fuhrman's shot hit the truck, which careened off course and smashed into a parked car and several electrical boxes.
The driver of the truck, 19-year-old Deanthony Jeremiah Lark, had a shotgun. Lark was charged with robbery, carjacking and assaulting a law enforcement officer.