Virginia Beach man sentenced for possession of machine gun used in Norfolk shooting | USAO-EDVA

NORFOLK, Va. – A Virginia Beach man was sentenced today to 7 years in prison for possessing a machine gun used in a shooting in Norfolk.

According to court documents, 25-year-old Shy’Quan Dodson possessed a machine gun on July 18, 2021. That day, Norfolk police officers were near the 900 block of Tunstall Avenue in Norfolk, where they observed several individuals shoot all of them. other. The individuals fled in three separate vehicles and during the ensuing pursuit a firearm was thrown from the rear of the vehicle. After a 15-minute chase that ended in an accident in Portsmouth, the accused was arrested as he tried to flee on foot from the vehicle. The firearm thrown from the vehicle was a Glock with an attached component that converted the handgun into a fully automatic machine gun.

A search of Dodson’s cellphone showed photos of him holding the gun, and a primer residue test revealed that Dodson had primer particles on his hands from a firearm discharge. Dodson’s phone also contained communications with another person related to the buying and selling of machine gun conversion kits. According to court documents, Dodson is a member of the Norfolk-based Kai Gang, a criminal street gang.

Jessica D. Aber, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney Ramin Fatehi; and Charlie J. Patterson, Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys William B. Jackson and Joseph DePadilla and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Graham M. Stolle are prosecuted in the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for all. . On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a Violent Crime Reduction Strategy strengthening the NSP based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community organizations that help prevent violence, establishing targeted and strategic strategies implementation priorities and measurement of results.

A copy of this press release can be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia website or on PACER by searching for case #2: 22-cr-1

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