PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Newly released video from a police body camera in Virginia shows a white officer shooting a black suspect in the back as he tries to run away.
The Virginian-Pilot obtained video showing rookie Portsmouth 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 in the southeast Virginia city.
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.