Stabbing victim’s former boyfriend identified as man killed by police
Chesterfield resident charged in previous assault at her home
A 33-year-old Chesterfield County man was the knife-wielding assailant fatally shot by Richmond police on Wednesday after he stabbed three people, authorities said Thursday.
Anthony M. Edwards, who lived in the 7600 block of Oban Drive in southern Chesterfield, was killed when master police officers Thomas Davis and David Torrence opened fire after he refused to drop the knife he was using to attack a woman in the backyard of her home on Cary Street just south of the city’s Fan District, Richmond police said in a news release Thursday.
Two others were stabbed in the attack in
the 2000 block of West Cary, police said. All three are expected to recover.
Davis and Torrence each have 21 years of experience with the Richmond Police Department and are senior-level officers. Both are white, police said; Edwards was black.
Edwards was a former boyfriend of one of the women who was stabbed, police said.
He was due in court next week for arraignment on an assault and battery charge stemming from an incident last week at the same Cary Street address.
At 5:10 a.m. on Nov. 25, Richmond officers responded to the 2000 block of West Cary Street for a report of an assault. A woman told the officers that Edwards was her boyfriend and had threatened her, according to a complaint filed in Richmond General District Court.
“My boyfriend got out of the car and approached me very aggressively,” the woman said in the complaint.
The boyfriend asked why she had gone out with friends and ignored his calls, court records said. He took her phone and looked through the calls and texts.
“Then he told me I’m going to take a ride with him,” she said in the complaint. “I said no, I’m not, and he put his hands around my throat and pulled me to his car.”
Edwards was charged with assault and given a summons to appear at the John Marshall Courts Building next Tuesday.
Edwards apparently returned to the home sometime before 11 a.m. Wednesday, police said. As he was attempting to force his way in, the woman who lived there and two others fled to a convenience store half a block away. Edwards, armed with a knife, followed them into the store and forced the woman onto the sidewalk and back into the house, police said.
Officers were called at 11:01 a.m. and directed to the home in the middle of the block between Meadow and Rowland streets. They entered and quickly moved through the house and out the back door, where they encountered Edwards stabbing a woman, police said.
The officers, Davis and Torrence, ordered Edwards to drop the blade, police said. When he ignored the commands and continued to stab the woman, the officers opened fire, striking Edwards several times, police said. It’s unclear whether gunfire from both weapons struck the man.
Edwards, along with the three people who were stabbed, was hospitalized. All three stabbing victims are expected to survive, police said. Edwards was pronounced dead at 11:47 a.m.
The officers have been placed on administrative leave as the department’s Force Investigation Team investigates the shooting and the events leading up to it.
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