Richmond Police Officer Shot After Responding To 'Mental Health Situation'

| by Sean Kelly

A police officer and a suspect were reportedly both shot multiple times after an exchange of gunfire in a Richmond, Virginia, neighborhood.

William Turner, a 30-year veteran officer, was responding to a call about a “mental health situation," according to CBS 6 News. The officer was called to assist the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority with an evaluation.

When Turner got out of his car, the subject of the call began shooting at him. Turner was struck but returned fire, hitting the suspect. Turner was transported to a nearby hospital in a police cruiser.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Turner suffered gunshot wounds to the stomach and was also grazed on his head. “It’s not a life-threatening situation, gratefully,” said Tammy Hawley, press secretary for Mayor Dwight Jones. Hawley confirmed that Turner “will be fine.”

The suspect was also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Sources: ABC 13 News, Richmond Times-Dispatch, WTVR / Photo Credit:,