Press release from Culpeper Police Department:
Culpeper Police Department Involved in Incident Leading to Use of Force
On March 29, 2015, shortly before 8:00pm a Culpeper Police Department Patrol Officer was on routine patrol in the Cottontail Drive and Belle Avenue area of Culpeper when two males were observed walking in the street.
One of the males, later identified as Dominick R. Wise, age 30, of the 15000 block of Rixeyville Road in Culpeper, was observed by the officer to be intoxicated and acting erratically by walking in circles in the middle of street.
As the officer attempted to remove Mr. Wise from the middle of street, Mr. Wise walked away from the officer. The officer attempted to remove Mr. Wise from the middle of street again, and Mr. Wise fled on foot down the middle of Belle Avenue.
The officer called for other police officers to respond and assist in the area of Belle Avenue. Additional officers confronted the subject in the area of Belle Avenue adjacent to Culpeper Commons Apartments and attempted to place Mr. Wise into custody.
Mr. Wise at this point was non-compliant with officer’s commands and actively resisted arrest by swinging and kicking at officers. Conductive Energy Devices were deployed in attempts to subdue Mr. Wise, however the Conductive Energy Device had a limited effect. As additional officers arrived, they were able to apprehend and secure Mr. Wise by getting him in handcuffs. A knife was recovered lying underneath Mr. Wise during the altercation.
As a matter of policy, Officers on scene immediately contacted Emergency Medical Services to check on Mr. Wise who at the time was conscious and breathing. Culpeper Volunteer Rescue Squad, who was already in the area responding to a drug overdose call in the Belle Court Apartment area, responded to the scene at Culpeper Commons. Once they arrived, Mr. Wise became unresponsive and CPR was immediately administered. Mr. Wise was taken to UVA-Culpeper Hospital and later airlifted to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville.
Mr. Wise died at UVA Hospital late Monday morning. The cause of death is unknown at this time.
An officer of the Culpeper Police Department was also treated at UVA-Culpeper Hospital with contusions and swelling of his face and also a broken nose. He has since been released. The Virginia State Police Bureau of Investigations from Division 2 was contacted on Sunday night, shortly after the incident, at the request of the Culpeper Police Department, will be handling the investigation into this matter.
The Culpeper Police Department will be conducting a separate Administrative Investigation into this incident, as required by department policy. “The Culpeper Police Department would like to send our condolences to the Wise family. Any loss of life of a loved one, no matter the circumstance, is always tragic and very much too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wise family as they mourn their loss” states Chief Chris R. Jenkins.
Any further questions related to this investigation will be handled by the Virginia State Police.