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Williamsburg Police Investigating Overnight Shooting Involving Off-Duty JCCPD Officers

Williamsburg Police cruiser (WYDaily file)
(WYDaily file)

WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg Police Department is investigating a shooting involving an off-duty James City County police officer that took place on the 700 block of Scotland Street early Wednesday morning.

Officers were dispatched to the scene of a shooting with injuries at approximately 12:47 on Jan 25, police said. The first officer, who was nearby and heard the gunshots, arrived at the scene within seconds and found a 38-year-old male who had been shot. The shooter was immediately identified and detained.

Williamsburg Fire Department also responded and transported the victim to Riverside Regional Medical Center with critical injuries. The victim expected to recover, police said. 

The shooter has been identified as Michael Trenton Rusk, a 24-year-old male resident of James City County and is employed as a police officer with the James City County Police Department. Rusk, who was off-duty, was transported to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (VPRJ) and charged with malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and discharging a firearm within city limits. 

According to James City County, the victim, who was shot multiple times, was also an off-duty James City County Police officer. Williamsburg Police Department’s investigation is ongoing, and Rusk has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, the county said.

“At this time, our focus and concern is supporting the affected families and the members of the James City County Police Department who have been shaken by this unfortunate incident. Any questions regarding the investigation should be referred to the City of Williamsburg Police Department,” James City County said in an alert.

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