Arrest Made for Felony Assault on Law Enforcement Officer

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The Richmond Police Department has arrested Donte J. Watts, 24, of the 300 block of Labrook Drive, and charged him with felony assault on a law enforcement officer, as well as other charges. His photo is above.  

Yesterday at approximately 10:16 p.m., a call for shooting into an occupied dwelling was reported in the 300 block of Grey Birch Drive. Third Precinct officers arrived and gathered suspect information about a male who fired shots at a female and who also fired shots at a dwelling. There were no injuries. Officers broadcast the suspect description.


Officers from the Violence Suppression Team were working nearby and quickly responded to a nearby apartment complex, located at 6701 Carnation Street. Officers observed a male matching the suspect description enter a vehicle. Officers stopped the vehicle and attempted to detain an individual that matched the suspect description.


Officers stated as they attempted to detain Watts he resisted and brandished a handgun towards an officer. Watts pulled the trigger several times. The gun did not fire.


Officers were then able to control Watts and arrest him. There were five other occupants in the vehicle. Three were charged with unrelated offenses.


Watts was also charged with attempted murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Other charges are pending, as detectives continue to consult with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

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