HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) – The father of Malachi Carroll, 20, said he was heartbroken by what happened Wednesday night off Elsing Green Court and his son struggled with a mental health crisis.
Henrico Police Department officials said just after 7.30pm on Wednesday that police received a call for a domestic incident at a house next to Elsing Green Court.
When three officers entered the house, they found Carroll with a knife.
“I understand there was an attempted assault on the individual in the house, as well as the officer,” Lt. Matthew Pecka said.
An officer then shot Carroll, who later died at VCU Health.
“He wasn’t in a club. He didn’t go to bars. He was just a normal kid,” said Brandon Jordan, Carroll’s father.
Jordan said his son, who lived with his grandparents, had been bullied and struggled with his grandfather’s recent death.
“His grandfather’s death was what he was really going through. It was really nothing more than that,” Jordan said. “It was like the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
While Jordan lives across from the house where the incident happened, he said Carroll lived with his grandparents.
Based on the details released so far, Jordan said he does not blame the officers.
“It’s one thing if the police were patrolling the neighborhood and they see a black kid here, and they jumped up, and there was an altercation, and something happened,” Jordan said. “You know he was going through something in the house. Police were called. »
As body camera footage of the officer is reviewed by the Commonwealth Police Service and Attorney’s Office, Jordan said his views may change.
“I wasn’t in the house, but from his inbound body language and outbound body language, you can watch and tell,” Jordan said. “That’s not what she wanted to happen.”
The police officer involved in the shooting was placed on a paid administrative mission.
Jordan said he wanted to send the message out to the community to listen to when people seek help.
“If your kids, your family members tell you they need to vent and they’re going through something, help them get help,” Jordan said. “Because everyone needs each other. It’s serious here with this sanity stuff.
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