Stab­bing vic­tim’s for­mer boyfriend iden­ti­fied as man killed by po­lice

Chester­field res­i­dent charged in pre­vi­ous as­sault at her home

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - FRONT PAGE - BY ALI ROCK­ETT

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.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call De­tec­tive W. Thomp­son at (804) 646-3925 or Crime Stop­pers at (804) 780-1000. You can also con­tact Crime Stop­pers by go­ing on­line to www.7801000.com or us­ing the P3 Tips app for smart­phones. All Crime Stop­pers meth­ods are anony­mous.

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