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.