LPD Report: 'Shortcomings' Led to Officer's Shooting

Update 4 p.m.:

Lynchburg, VA - The Lynchburg city manager says "shortcomings" may have led to the accidental shooting of a former police officer back in April.

The Commonwealth's Attorney had previously decided not to file any criminal charges against Taylor Clark.

On April 10, he reportedly mistook another officer, Gary Hilber, for an armed suspect while executing a search warrant at the McCausland Ridge Apartments.

Kimball Payne made the statement after reviewing the police department's internal investigation, which he made available to the public.

Among the report's findings: Hilber should have been wearing clothing identifying himself as a police officer, a perimeter of officers should have surrounded the apartment building before executing the search warrant and all officers should have been sufficiently briefed before the raid began.

The report also states that Taylor Clark is back on regular duty with the department.

Gary Hilber has taken a job with the Chesapeake Police Department.


Lynchburg, VA - The Lynchburg city manager has just released a report about the shooting of former Lynchburg police officer Gary Hilber.

The report contained the findings of LPD's internal investigation into what happened the night Hilber was shot.

In it, Chief Parks Snead details a number of things police officers did wrong and how they are working to correct those problems.

Hilber was shot while officers were serving a search warrant at the McCausland Ridge Apartments back in April.

We'll have much more on what this report contains on ABC 13 News at 6.