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Virginia Police Officers Getting Body Cameras

Updated: November 28, 2018 07:01 PM

The mayor of Virginia was sitting in his office when the officer-involved shooting took place on Tuesday night. "I was here, getting some business done," Larry Cuffe said.

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City hall is just a minute away from the crime scene, near the 300 block of 2nd Street. In the daylight, the only thing we could see was a small scrap of yellow police tape left behind, in an alley between 3rd and 2nd street.

Tuesday night, it was a much different story. There were several blocks cordoned off.

The Minnesota BCA is still investigating. They said in a release on Tuesday night this all started with a suspicious activity call. Officers and deputies responded, and encountered the subject on the street. At one point, an officer discharged their duty weapon, striking the subject. Officers then provided aid. The person was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Cuffe was a career law enforcement officer. "No one wants to see this happen. The goal of a police officer is to protect life and property."

He knows people want to know what happened leading up to the shooting. "But these investigations can take time. This incident is a prime example of how cameras can provide more information and evidence."

The city has been working on the body cameras for awhile now. And they have been purchased. They are at city hall, but still need support of a technology person. The city also needs to work out a data storage system. Cuffe said the tech person was just hired, and will start December 1st.

The BCA is conducting interviews in their investigation of the shooting and will release more information as they complete them.

As is standard procedure, the officer is on administrative leave. The name of the officer and the name of the subject have not been released as of Wednesday afternoon.

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