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Shopliftin­g suspect accused of firing shots


A Norfolk man suspected of shopliftin­g is accused of shooting at a Virginia Beach police officer after fleeing from a Kohl’s store with stolen merchandis­e.

Police responded to a report of shopliftin­g at the Kohl’s store on Virginia Beach Boulevard in Pembroke Square shortly before 9 p.m. Friday, according to a release from the Virginia Beach Police Department. When an officer arrived at the scene and tried to apprehend the suspect, later identified as Tyler Davis of Norfolk, he fled the store with stolen merchandis­e, according to police.

While the officer followed Davis by car, police say he shot a handgun at the officer. At least one round struck the police car. The officer was not injured.

The officer, with the help of other responding officers, arrested Davis. No shots were fired by police.

Davis, 24, has been charged with attempted aggravated murder, use of a firearm by a violent felon, conspiracy to commit gran larceny and grand larceny.

Two others who were with Davis were also arrested. Hayley Fernandez, 26, was arrested for an outstandin­g felony warrant and charged with conspiracy to commit grand larceny. Jaclyn Anderson, 22, of Portsmouth, faces charges of conspiracy to commit grand larceny and possession of a schedule I/II narcotic.

“This incident underscore­s the commitment of our officers to serve and protect this community, as well as the fact there is no such thing as a ‘routine’ call,” Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate stated in the release. “We are incredibly grateful that our officer was not killed or injured, and we ask the community and the rest of our criminal justice system to send the message that attacks on law enforcemen­t will not be tolerated.”

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