Henrico Police Show Body-Cam Video To Media

Shows Officer-Involved Shooting From Tuesday

September 20, 2019 - 6:06 pm

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)


Henrico, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - Henrico Police have played the body cam video from Tuesday's officer-involved shooting outside Short Pump for reporters.  Police have not made the video public, and have not yet shown it to the family of Gay Plack, 57, who was shot during a welfare call.

Much of the video shows the two officers involved searching various rooms of Plack's house.  Plack's bedroom, however, is locked, leading officers to eventually have to break inside.  When they enter, there is no response (officers had been identifying themselves throughout the video).  When one officer enters the bedroom bathroom, he sees blood, and his then hit by a swinging door, followed by a woman swinging an ax.  The woman, who is Plack, then confronts the second officer in the bedroom, also swinging the ax at him.  The second officer also retreats, but with only a wall behind him, fires shots.  Plack falls, and evetually, the second officer asks "Why did you do that, we were here to help?"

Both officers actually fire shots during the incident.  The first officer, the one in the bathroom, was actually able, from his position, able to retreat to a kitchen after she swings the ax at him.

Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney Shannon Taylor attended the briefing.  She says she has not made any charging decisions, but felt comfortable in the release of the video.   Henrico police Chief Humberto Cardounel says he feels comfortable with justifying his officers' actions.

Some members of Plack's extended family have criticized the police response.  Officers were called to the home by Plack's doctor.