RICHMOND -- Less than three hours after a shooting left one dead and two injured, a gang member drew a gun on police who were approaching him Tuesday afternoon, prompting one detective to fire at the man, authorities said.

No one was injured, including the suspect who drew the gun, who was arrested. Police said they do not believe the man was connected to the earlier fatal shooting.

At 1:44 p.m., detectives assigned to the Richmond police gang task force attempted to approach a man, a known gang member in Richmond, in a neighborhood near South 20th Street and Chanselor Avenue, according to Det. Nicole Abetkov.

As the officers got close, the man, whose identity was not released by police, pulled out a gun, Abetkov said.

One of the detectives, whose identity was also not released, fired a shot at the man, missing him.

The gang member was then taken into custody. The gun he pulled out at the detectives, a handgun, was recovered, Abetkov added.

An investigation is underway, and the man is expected to face charges of displaying a firearm at police officers, according to Abetkov.

The officer who fired the single shot has been placed on paid administrative leave, per department protocol.

Abetkov said police did not believe there was any connection between the officer-involved shooting and the fatal 11 a.m. shooting at Virginia Avenue and South 28th Street, about eight blocks away.


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