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Newport News Police Department
Saturday August 7th, 2010 :: 11:02 a.m. EDT


Homicide Update

Update: 8/7/10: After seeing the media coverage, the person who fired the gun in this case, contacted detectives on Friday, August 6, 2010. He has been interviewed and was released. The case remains under investigation and will be presented to the Commonwealth’s Attorney who will determine what, if any, charges will be pursued. Because no one has yet been charged, the shooter’s identity will not be released at this time.

Update 8/5/10: The victim has been identified as Frank Griffin, IV, 20 of the 100 block of Mytilene Drive in Newport News. A photo of the victim accompanies this release. The investigation is continuing.

Update 8/5/10: Detectives have reliable information that the shooter in this case may have been the intended victim of a planned robbery. Detectives know that the victim was in possession of a handgun at the time of the shooting. However, claims of self defense must be stated to police by the intended victim. We strongly suggest that the person involved make immediate contact with the lead investigator, Detective Wayne Verdaasdonk, at 757-928-4219.

The gun in that was in the victim’s possession was reported as stolen from Hampton.


At about 3:48 A.M. Thursday, August 5, 2010 Police Communications received calls of gunshots being heard in the 4200 block of Orcutt Avenue. When officers arrived they located a twenty-year-old male lying next to a car in the apartment complex parking lot. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by medics.

The identity of the victim is being withheld until his family can be properly notified.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives are interviewing potential witnesses. At this time there is no description of, or information regarding, suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call Newport News Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Crime Line callers may remain totally anonymous, are never required to testify in court and could be eligible for a cash reward. Information may also be sent by text message to

Newport News Police Department
9710 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA 23605

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 757-928-4100

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