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Police video shows officer shooting suspect in back

PORTSMOUTH (AP) Newly released video from a police body camera shows a white Portsmouth officer shooting a black suspect in the back as the suspect tries to run away.

The Virginian-Pilot obtained video showing rookie Officer Jeremy Durocher wounding Deontrace Ward, who authorities described as an armed burglary suspect. Authorities say the shooting occurred in October as police responded to a robbery call in a residential neighborhood.

Ward’s mother, Eboni West, said the video shows the shooting was unjustified.

Durocher’s attorney, Nicolas Renninger, said Ward was a clear danger because he was armed. Police said they found a loaded handgun in Ward’s pantleg.

Ward is scheduled to stand trial May 1 on several felony charges. It’s not known if he has an attorney.

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