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"As they cried, relatives called out that Hassell was innocent. Several friends called his death 'murder.'”Norfolk police shoot and kill 18-year-old man after foot chase
Police shot and killed a Norfolk man early Sunday morning after they tried to arrest him and he ran, authorities said.
Jamarr Hassell, 18, died in a small grassy field along the 7100 block of Sewells Point Road after a chase that took him through a nearby apartment complex, according to witnesses.
Around 2:20 a.m., police received reports of gunfire near the field, Norfolk police spokesman Chris Amos said. Officers responded and encountered Hassell, who “they believed was involved in the incident,” Amos said.
He said Hassell then took off and the pursuit ensued. Amos said two officers were involved in the shooting. Police wouldn’t provide any additional information, including whether Hassell was armed or whether there was a confrontation before officers fired. “That’s all still part of what they’re looking at,” Amos said. “This is the early stages of a lengthy investigation.”
Hassell was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured. The two officers have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.
The medical examiner plans to conduct an examination Monday.
Police said Hassell had outstanding warrants in Norfolk for robbery, carjacking and the use of a firearm. Amos said all the warrants stemmed from a failed carjacking July 7. As the victim escaped, Amos said, Hassell fired a shot but missed.
Hassell also had outstanding warrants for violent felonies in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, Amos said, although neither police department could confirm that Sunday.
Marvin Mix, who lives across the street from the scene of the shooting, said he and his wife and daughter awoke Sunday morning because of the noise of the chase. Mix said he heard five gunshots, then looked outside to see the police. He said he heard them yelling, “Get down!”
Friends and family said Hassell, who went by the nickname Marley, was a new father to a 2-month-old girl. They said he went to Rosemont Middle School but stopped attending high school before graduating.
Several dozen people gathered Sunday night for a vigil in the field where Hassell died. They stood in a circle, held hands and prayed. As they cried, relatives called out that Hassell was innocent. Several friends called his death “murder.”
“In my book, he was a good person,” said Jasmine Hairston, who met Hassell when they were in the sixth grade. “If he saw you walking in the hot sun, he’d turn his car around and come give you a ride. If you needed help paying your cell phone bill, he’d help you pay it.”
Added Hassell’s aunt, Regina Harris, “He was like any 18-year-old. They want to be grown.”
“He was like any 18-year-old."
“In my book, he was a good person” :rant
Norfolk police officers didn't know identity of teen killed in confrontation - dailypress.com
And:UPDATE: Police officers did not know identity of teen killed in confrontation
NORFOLK — Police officers in Norfolk did not know the identity of an armed man at the time that he was shot to death in a confrontation with two officers on Sunday.
Police spokesman Chris Amos said the officers "had no knowledge" of the suspect's identity until after he was shot, at which point he was identified as 18-year-old Jamarr Hassell, wanted on felony charges in Norfolk and two other cities. The officers, investigating reports of gunshots on Sewells Point Road, had pursued a suspect after they saw a subject flee from an SUV while carrying a handgun.
Hassell was shot at 2:23 a.m. Sunday, 16 minutes after police received the first reports of gunfire, according to a time line released by Norfolk police this morning.
Amos said the officers instructed Hassell to drop his gun, and they fired on him when he instead turned toward them and began to raise his handgun.
Hassell had outstanding warrants charging him in a July 7 carjacking in Norfolk in which police say he fired a shot at the fleeing victim. Amos said he was also the suspect in a home invasion, but warrants had not yet beein secured. Hassell also had felony warrants on file in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.
The officers involved in the incident are on administrative duty pending the outcome of an investigation ingo the incident. Amos said Hassell's handgun was recovered from the scene.
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Haven't seen a Landmark Media Enterprises L.L.C. paper of station (including the Roanoke Times) that did do a sob story on any young BG and blame the police.Man fatally shot by Norfolk officers was armed, police say
A man killed by police during a chase early Sunday was raising a handgun when officers fired, the Police Department said today.
Jamarr Hassell, 18, was shot about 2:23 a.m. after officers tried to pull over a Ford Explorer he was driving. About five officers had responded to the 7100 block of Sewells Point Road, where Hassell lives, for a report of gunfire.
Hassell ran from the Explorer and was shot by police during a foot chase, the department said.
"Prior to shooting, officers verbally challenged suspect, instructing him to drop his gun. Suspect turned toward officers and began to raise his weapon when officers fired," a police statement said.
Two officers have been put on administrative duty while the shooting is investigated, which is routine in such cases.
The gunfire report was made at 2:17 a.m. A second caller five minutes later said a man in a Ford Explorer was firing a gun into the air near Johnsons Road and Chesapeake Boulevard, police said.
Officers tried to stop an Explorer on Sewells Point Road; when it stopped, Hassell ran from it, police said.
The officers at the scene were not aware that Hassell was wanted on charges of robbery, carjacking and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with a Wednesday incident, police said. In that case, four men tried to carjack a man about 1:40 a.m. in the 7400 block of Fenner St. Police allege that Hassell was one of the carjackers and fired at the victim as he ran.
The Ford Explorer that Hassell was driving had a North Carolina license plate that did not match the vehicle, police said. Chris Amos, a police department spokesman, said investigators believe it was stolen.
He was wanted in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, Norfolk police said. In Chesapeake, Hassell was facing charges of vandalism, two counts of grand larceny and failure to appear, police said. The Virginia Beach charges came while Hassell was a juvenile, and a police spokesman said he couldn't comment on them.
On his Facebook page, Hassell said he liked comedian Martin Lawrence, and he listed his interests as "money" and his activities as "Smoking weed."