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Danville, VA Police Department Media Releases

Posted on: April 9, 2018

04-09-18 Officer Involved Shooting Update.


Danville Police Chief Scott Booth on Monday urged the community not rush to judgement about rumors and social media comments regarding an officer involved shooting Sunday morning on Sunset Drive.

“No Police officer wants to use deadly force nor do they want to use any form of force that could result in serious injury,” Booth said Monday. “When death or serious injury happens, we deeply regret the loss of life or injury and we feel compassion for them, their family and their friends.”

“We feel no less compassion for the officers involved. When officers are involved in these situations, they are devastated and will relive these moments the rest of their lives.”

Booth said he has confidence that the Virginia State Police will conduct a thorough review of the events that night. “I ask citizens to reserve judgment and to wait for the State Police investigation to conclude so that factual and accurate information can be communicated to the public.”

Chief Booth met today with family members of Juan Markee Jones, city government and select members of the community in an effort to assure transparency and dispel rumors.

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