Henrico Chief Issues Statement on Officer-Involved Shooting

Says Officers Had To Make Split-Second Decision

September 19, 2019 - 7:40 pm

News Radio 1140 WRVA


Short Pump, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - More than 48 hours after Henrico Police Officers shot and killed a Short Pump woman during a call for service, Henrico Police Chief Humberto Cardounel released a statement, explaining what happened.  Police had been relatively tight-lipped since the initial call to the home on Huntwick Court, a cul de sac of large homes near the Short Pump Town Center.

Cardounel says officers were intially called to the home for a welfare check, and did not find anyone in the home.  However, the bedroom door was locked.  After making multiple requests for entry, officers broke in, and eventually, entered the bathroom, where they say they were confronted by the homeowner, Gay Plack, 57, wielding an ax.

Cardounel says Plack confronted one of the officers with the ax while swinging, forcing that officer to shoot Plack.  Plack later died at the hospital.

Plack's family has said she had a history of mental health issues.  They also have said she did not deserve to die this way.

You can see Cardounel's statement below: