03/10/2008

Va. officer shot in head during standoff

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Portsmouth police officer is recovering after being shot in the head during a standoff.

Detective Jan Westerbeck says dispatchers received a call Sunday morning that an armed man was standing outside a residence on Eisenhower Circle. Westerbeck says officers arrived, saw a man with a shotgun and asked him to put down his weapon. But Westerbeck says the man began firing. Police returned fire and one officer was shot in the forehead with pellets from the shotgun. The man eventually put down his gun and surrendered.

The officer was treated and released from the hospital. His identity hasn't been released, but we're told he has been on the force for about three years.

Neighbors say they are relieved to hear he was not seriously hurt or killed.

"I'm glad that he's going okay, and I'm sorry that he got injured in the process from whatever happened here," said Catherine Smith.

Bobbitt Jermal Gladney, 21, was charged with attempted capital murder and using a gun during a felony. Westerbeck says Gladney was not injured.

The shooting is under investigation.

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