Shooting Incident West Beach Tavern / Officer Involved Discharge
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – On March 25, 2022, Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) officers assigned to the Third Precinct Crime Suppression Squad (CSS) were conducting surveillance at West Beach Tavern, 5000 Cleveland Street. Officers were monitoring the establishment due to recent incidents of disorder and shooting violence. Although very early in the stages of the investigation, preliminary information indicates that just after midnight on March 26, 2022, CSS officers observed numerous individuals arguing near the front of the business; the argument escalated into several subjects producing firearms at which point they began actively shooting.
Two CSS officers immediately exited their car to intervene. Both officers discharged their firearms at one of the armed subjects. This subject fled the scene and has not yet been located or apprehended. At this current time, there is no indication this individual was struck by any of the rounds fired by VBPD officers. Other responding officers located two individuals suffering from gunshot wounds: a 17-year-old female from Newport News with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her lower leg and a 21-year-old male also from Newport News with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his lower extremities, which is currently being investigated as potentially self-inflicted.
Two additional victims self-transported to a local hospital: A 39-year-old male from Chesapeake, VA, with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his lower leg and a 27-year-old male from Norfolk, VA, also with a non-life threating gunshot wound to his lower leg.
Both incidents, the original shooting offenses, and the resulting Officer Involved Firearms Discharge, are being investigated by the VBPD Homicide Unit who will turn over their findings to the Virginia Beach Office of the Commonwealth Attorney (OCA) upon completion. The OCA also responded to the scene and will conduct their own independent investigation into the police involved discharge. Upon completion of both criminal investigations, the VBPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct an administrative investigation into the discharge. In accordance with VBPD procedure, the involved officers have been temporarily placed on administrative assignment.