Officer who shot teen convicted of voluntary manslaughter

A Virginia police officer who fatally shot an 18-year-old man has been convicted of voluntary manslaughter.

News media outlets report that a jury found Richmond Police Officer David L. Cobb guilty of voluntary manslaughter on Thursday for the October 2015 shooting of Paterson Brown Jr. The conviction carries a sentence of one to 10 years in prison.

Cobb was tried a second time this week. A judge declared a mistrial in June after jurors became deadlocked.

Cobb, who was off duty, said he fired in self-defense after the two men got into an argument. Officials said Brown inexplicably jumped into Cobb's girlfriend's car and drove it out of the washing bay. Witnesses testified that Cobb told him repeatedly to get out, and Brown wouldn't.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,