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Richmond police chief plays audio of local shooting

November 17, 2016

During a presentation on crime prevention strategies at Richmond City Council Tuesday, Richmond police Chief Allwyn Brown played a chilling audio recording of a shooting that occurred in the city.

Brown was called upon by Councilmember Jovanka Beckles to present police strategies on dealing with an uptick in gun violence in the city, including an update on RPD’s partnerships with community groups and organizations.

During the presentation, Brown explained the function of ShotSpotter technology, which uses acoustic sensors in devices mounted citywide to pinpoint where gunshots happen when they occur. He offered an example from a ShotSpotter recording of an actual Richmond shooting:

The Shotspotter technology allows police to respond more quickly to shooting incidents; in fact, about 90 seconds faster than after 911 calls. However, Brown urged residents to continue calling 911 when they hear gunfire, as humans can provide pertinent information to responding police.

As for overall crime year-to-date, Richmond’s 24 homicides so far in 2016 is a 38-percent increase from last year. There were 21 homicides in all of 2015 and 11 in 2014.

Also, aggravated assaults with a gun are up 15-percent from this time last year.

However, overall year-to-date violent crimes are down 9 percent, and property crimes during the same period are down 13 percent. Police have also seen decreases in armed robberies (-32 percent); attempted robberies (-27 percent) and carjackings (-15 percent).

Richmond Standard