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Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus (right) responded to the scene of an officer-involved shooting Monday afternoon.

RICHMOND -- A 30-year-old man was taken to the hospital in critical condition Monday evening after being shot multiple times by officers at Nevin Avenue and B Street, police said.

Police received several 911 calls reporting an armed man near the St. Johns Apartments at 4:57 p.m., at about the same time police ShotSpotter technology detected shots fired in that area, Capt. Mark Gagan said.

Officers arrived and confronted an armed man on the sidewalk behind the apartment building on the south side of Nevin Avenue, Gagan said. Shortly thereafter, several officers fired multiple rounds at the man.

It was not immediately known how many times the man was shot or where on his body, Gagan said, but he was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

It was not immediately known what prompted officers to fire their weapons nor was it known whether the suspect shot at or aimed a gun at police, Lt. Bisa French said.

According to French, the officers have been placed on administrative leave per department policy.

The officer-involved shooting is being investigated, with the District Attorney's Office as the lead investigator, Gagan said. District attorney investigators were on the scene in the hours following the shooting.

"We have a county protocol that the DA takes the lead on officer-involved shootings to provide an unbiased account of the facts of the case," Gagan said.

Nevin Avenue has been blocked off between First and A streets while the investigation takes place.


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Chief Chris Magnus also responded briefly to the shooting scene but left before a media briefing on the incident.

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