CRIME

Richmond police: White officer recovering after shootout with armed black man who was killed

  • This image provided by the Richmond (Va.) Police Department shows officer Ryan Bailey. The Richmond police chief says an armed suspect who was killed in a shootout with police fired first and his two officers were justified in returning fire. In the Wednesday night, Aug. 5, 2015, shooting, officer Bailey, who is black, was wounded in the arm. The other officer was Jacob DeBoard.   (Richmond Police Department via AP)

    This image provided by the Richmond (Va.) Police Department shows officer Ryan Bailey. The Richmond police chief says an armed suspect who was killed in a shootout with police fired first and his two officers were justified in returning fire. In the Wednesday night, Aug. 5, 2015, shooting, officer Bailey, who is black, was wounded in the arm. The other officer was Jacob DeBoard. (Richmond Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This image provided by the Richmond Police Department shows officer Jacob A. DeBoard.  The Richmond police chief says an armed suspect who was killed in a shootout with police fired first and his two officers were justified in returning fire. In the Wednesday night, Aug. 5, 2015, shooting, officer Ryan Bailey, who is black, was wounded in the arm. The other officer was DeBoard.   (Richmond Police Department via AP)

    This image provided by the Richmond Police Department shows officer Jacob A. DeBoard. The Richmond police chief says an armed suspect who was killed in a shootout with police fired first and his two officers were justified in returning fire. In the Wednesday night, Aug. 5, 2015, shooting, officer Ryan Bailey, who is black, was wounded in the arm. The other officer was DeBoard. (Richmond Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Richmond police say a white officer wounded in a shootout with a black man who was killed is expected to fully recover.

Police said the shooting occurred Wednesday after officers responded to a report of an armed man in an area west of downtown.

Police Chief Alfred Durham said two officers approached the man, who fled. Police chased him, and shots were fired by police and the suspect. It's unclear who shot first and how many shots were fired.

The chief said race didn't have anything to do with the shooting. Officers across the nation have come under greater scrutiny recently as videos and other evidence has shown blacks being mistreated, injured or killed by white officers.

The wounded officer was shot in the arm. He is a nine-year veteran.