April 30, 2021

Deshayla Harris Investigation

The tragedy the Harris family has suffered is unfathomable and we cannot imagine the pain they are enduring.

The Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) continues to investigate the death of Ms. Deshayla Harris and our Detective Bureau is working tirelessly to provide the answers the family seeks.

We are committed to identifying, and holding accountable, the individual that shot Deshayla. Surveillance video, eyewitness statements, and other evidence continue to indicate that Deshayla Harris was struck by gunfire exchanged between groups of individuals. All evidence at this time indicates that her death occurred several minutes prior to the police involved shooting that occurred the same night, as well as the fact that the bullet recovered from Deshayla Harris is not the same type of ammunition issued to members of the VBPD.

Detectives assigned to this case are in continuing communication with representatives designated by the family to be the liaison with the VBPD. Chief Neudigate has personally met with the family to update them on the status of the investigation as well as offer advocacy resources to help them during this period of grieving.

We urge anyone with information regarding the events that led to Deshayla’s death to call the VBPD Homicide Unit at (757) 385-4101.

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