Virginia firefighter fatally shot while shielding her child

Police say a Virginia fire lieutenant killed in a Thanksgiving night shooting was not the intended target and was trying to protect one of her children when she was shot

Hopewell Police Chief Kamran Afzal told The Richmond Times-Dispatch that Berry was struck when a gunman fired at an adjacent home. Afzal said the 33-year-old mother of three was shielding her child when the gunfire started.

Police said a silver or gold SUV was seen leaving the area.

During a news conference at fire headquarters Tuesday, Berry’s family pleaded with the public to provide leads to investigators.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,