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Police officer shot while searching Virginia Beach home for child porn; man charged with attempted murder

VIRGINIA BEACH — A special investigations officer was shot multiple times Tuesday morning while trying to execute a search warrant for the distribution of child pornography at a Virginia Beach home, police said.

The 6:40 a.m. shooting was the beginning of a more than six-hour long barricade situation with Bryan Cage, 46, who lives at the home, located at 1620 Ohio Ave.

Special investigations officers arrived at the home at 6:30 a.m. to search for evidence that a person living there was distributing child pornography using electronic devices, said Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera.

Officers announced themselves as police while knocking on the front and back doors of the two-story house. When no one answered their calls, police entered the back door of the home, which lead to an apartment above the garage, Cervera said.

Several neighbors told Southside Daily that Cage had been living in the apartment and that the home is owned by his parents.

A.J. Taylor, who has lived next door to the barricaded individual for 16 years, described the house as “quiet.”

The police officers, who were wearing black vests with the word “police” on them, continued to announce themselves as law enforcement as they climbed the stairs leading to the apartment. When they opened the door of the apartment they were “immediately” met with gun fire, Cervera said.

An officer was shot multiple times. Four other officers fired back at Cage as they helped the injured officer down the stairs.

Nancy Clemons, a nearby resident, said she heard three or four gunshots. Police knocked on her door in the 1600 block of Michigan Avenue and asked her to leave, Clemons said. Police used her home as a staging point because of its proximity to the barricaded home.

The officer who was shot was taken to an area hospital. He is expected to survive his injuries, said VBPD Master Police Officer Tonya Pierce.

Bryan Cage, charged with attempting to murder a Virginia Beach police officer.
Bryan Cage, charged with attempting to murder a Virginia Beach police officer.

Two other officers received minor injuries during the hours-long barricade situation, which ended at 12:05 p.m. when Cage surrendered himself and was arrested.

Cage was injured by a police dog during his surrender. He was taken to an area hospital where he received treatment before being released to the city’s detective bureau where he is currently being held, Cervera said.

Cage was charged with attempted capital murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and malicious wounding. He is being held in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond.

The man may also face child pornography charges pending the results of the search warrant. The search is not yet complete.

Police will conduct an internal investigation, as is protocol when an officer is involved in a shooting.

Mayfield can be reached at adrienne.m@wydaily.com.

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