RICHMOND -- A man who was critically wounded after being shot by several police officers late Monday afternoon has been identified as Elston Young of San Francisco, police said Tuesday.
Young, 30, is expected to survive his injuries and was upgraded to stable condition after undergoing emergency surgery Monday evening, Richmond police Lt. Bisa French said Tuesday. He was shot multiple times in his torso .
The shooting took place behind St. Johns Apartments at Nevin Avenue and B Street. Police arrived at the complex at 4:57 p.m. after several 911 callers reported seeing an armed man in the area and police ShotSpotter technology detected shots fired at the same location.
Officers confronted Young behind the building on the south side of Nevin Avenue, Capt. Mark Gagan said Monday evening. Shortly after, several officers fired at Young. Police did not say whether Young aimed his weapon at officers or attempted to fire, though French said the District Attorney's Office plans to file a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
Further details will be released Wednesday after charges are filed, French said. The District Attorney's Office will investigate the circumstances of the shooting, as is standard with all officer-involved shootings.
Authorities confirmed that Young knows someone in the neighborhood but did not say what he was doing there. Residents in the area declined to comment on the shooting Tuesday.
The incident marked the first officer-involved shooting in Richmond since December 2011, when police shot and wounded a man after a witness reported him carrying a gun at a hotel near Hilltop Mall.
The Richmond Police Department takes use of force "very seriously," Det. Nicole Abetkov said Tuesday.
"Within this department, there is an expectation that all instances of use of force will be looked at thoroughly and fairly," Abetkov said.
Abetkov said Richmond police undergo monthly firing range training, biannual qualifications testing, stun gun certifications and other training.
"Our training here is rigorous and continual," Abetkov said, adding that communication and conflict resolution are often key to averting the need to use physical force. "Words are often the best tools."
Police Chief Chris Magnus highlighted his department's use-of-force training last year, saying during an interview that one of his proudest accomplishments as chief was overseeing a department whose street cops so rarely had to resort to lethal force, despite working in a high-crime environment where gunfire is common. A new computer program implemented in the department last year logs all instances of use of force, from routine "control holds" to discharging weapons.
Since 2007, Richmond police have shot and killed just one person in the city, despite making thousands of arrests and confiscating an average of one gun per day, according to department statistics. During the same time period, outside law enforcement agencies killed five people within the city of Richmond.
The new era of relatively rare officer-involved shootings coincides with steep drops in crime and a renaissance in popularity for the historically maligned department. In the 1980s, the department was successfully sued in the then-largest civil rights judgment against a police force in U.S. history. In 1983, the brutal tactics of thuggish street cops who called themselves "The Cowboys" were profiled in a nationally-broadcast episode of "60 Minutes."