Police Charge Suspect in Officer-Involved Shooting

Police Charge Suspect in Officer-Involved Shooting

Alexandria detectives have charged a 27-year-old Alexandria man with attempt felonious assault on a police officer for a shooting that occurred back on April 19.

Richard Corey Sellers was charged with the shooting in the 700 block of North Jordan Street. An off-duty officer had responded to the scene of an incident and when Sellers fired a handgun after refusing the officer’s order to disarm, he was shot.

The suspect, who is known as Corey Sellers, had been at Washington Hospital Center since then. Sellers was released from the hospital this past Monday and was arrested at a family member’s home in Lorton. He is being held without bond at the Alexandria jail.

According to Alexandria police, the incident began as an accident when Sellers, driving a Lexus SC 300, rear-ended a 2002 Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck with two occupants. Sellers exited the Lexus and some moments later, with fire and rescue personnel on the scene, began firing a handgun.

An off-duty officer who was in the area ran to the aid of the firefighters. The officer and a firefighter attempted to restrain Sellers but he broke away and began shooting again. The officer fired his weapon and struck Sellers. No one else was injured.

The officer, Deputy Chief Joseph R. Hilleary, is a 33-year veteran who oversees the department’s Field Operations Bureau.