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Woman from Norfolk Dies in Police Shooting at Ocean View

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Woman from Norfolk Dies in Police Shooting at Ocean View

By John Cooper, Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyer

I was saddened to read about the death of another person in a police officer involved shooting in Norfolk this weekend.

ABC 13 reported that two Norfolk police investigators are on administrative duty after they shot a 25-year-old woman dead on Saturday morning.


Norfolk Police Department stated the officers opened fire on a woman, who was later identified as India M. Beaty of Norfolk after she pointed a firearm at them. Police later said the gun was a non-firing replica firearm.

ABC reported the incident was the third fatal officer-involved shooting in Norfolk this year, and the second within a two week period. There were none in 2015. I have represented and continue to represent the families of people who have been killed by police officers in Norfolk. My thoughts are with the family of Ms. Beaty.

The latest officer-involved shooting incident in Norfolk took place shortly before 1:20 a.m. in the 9500 block of Shore Drive in Ocean View. ABC 13 reported that members of the Norfolk Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Division were on a surveillance operation nearby when they noticed a man and a woman arguing.

Police claim the woman who was involved in the fight produced a handgun and threatened the unarmed man she was arguing with. They later said it was an imitation gun.

The officers got out of their cars and gave the woman verbal demands, according to media reports.  Police said Beaty refused to comply and made a threatening motion with the handgun. She was then fired on by police. She died at the shooting scene.

The officers who were involved in the shooting have not been identified. One of them has been a member of the Norfolk Police Department for eight years and had been working with the Investigative Services Bureau, Vice and Narcotics Division for a year.

The second officer has worked with the Norfolk Police Department for six years and has been assigned to the Investigative Services Bureau, Vice and Narcotics Division for the last four years.

Police shootings have made national and regional headlines over the last year. In 2015, a Portsmouth police officer was charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in after a man was shot dead at Wal-Mart.

In many other cases, criminal charges have not been brought, but wrongful death cases have been filed over police shootings. If you have lost a loved one in a traffic accident, an industrial accident, a police shooting or another type of accident you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077 or see our information about wrongful death lawsuits in Virginia.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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