PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Police say a teenager is in custody after an on-duty Portsmouth police officer was shot multiple times Monday afternoon.
Officials say the female officer was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital to be treated for her injuries. Portsmouth police tweeted the officer is out of surgery currently listed in critical, but stable condition.
“Prayers are with her and her family,” said Detective Misty Holley. “She’s a strong individual so we’re hopeful.”
WAVY News 10’s Joe Fisher reports the officer was shot in the 2500 block of Hickory Street, but there were multiple scenes between Mount Hermon and London Oaks.
The suspect, a 15-year-old male, was taken into custody around 5 p.m., according to police.
Throughout the afternoon, police officers from multiple jurisdictions were seen entering the hospital.
“When you see all them officers, you know it’s something bad,” said Dawn Brown, who was waiting at the Emergency Room. “I’m praying for all of them… it’s just sad, you know, they’re here to protect us and it’s sad they get injured in the process of doing things for us.”
During the investigation, school buses from John Tyler Elementary and Mount Hermon Preschool were re-routed, according to Cherise Newsome, Portsmouth Public Information Officer. Middle and High school dismissals were not affected.
Students were dropped off at Providence AME Zion Church at the intersection of Mount Vernon Ave and High Street, as directed by police. Kindergarten students who were not picked up by a parent were returned to the school for pickup.
Parents were informed by robocall and division staff were at the scene.