Hampton, VA – A Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office investigator was shot multiple times on Wednesday in a gun battle with a suspect wanted by U.S. Marshals for the murder of his wife on Christmas Day.
The incident occurred at 11:20 a.m. on Jan. 12 when a U.S. Marshals Task Force, consisting of federal and local law enforcement officers, was following a car that held 46-year-old Lamont Lee Lewis, the Daily Press reported.
Lewis was the prime suspect in the murder of his wife, Tivona Fogg, inside their home on Dec. 25, 2022.
Fogg’s daughter, Imani Cobb, told authorities that her mother and Lewis were married in October of 2021 and were living together in an apartment when her stepfather allegedly killed her mother, the Daily Press reported.
Cobb called police on Christmas Day when family members hadn’t been able to reach her.
“We were calling her, and she wasn’t answering,” the daughter explained. “It was Christmas Day and she’s usually up early, so we figured something was wrong.”
Police officers responded to the residence, located near the Coliseum, and found Fogg dead inside, the Daily Press reported.
Authorities issued a warrant for Lewis’ arrest a few days later.
Chesapeake Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan said that the task force had been tailing Lewis’ car for “several minutes” when he stopped and the gunfight erupted, the Daily Press reported.
Hampton Police Chief Mark Talbot told reporters that Lewis stopped his car at the intersection of Big Bethel Road and Todds Lane at 11:20 a.m. on Jan. 11 and started shooting.
“The suspect almost immediately exited the vehicle and began firing at the task force officers,” Chief Talbot said. “The task force officers returned fire.”
The suspect and a Chesapeake sheriff’s deputy were both shot multiple times during the gunfight that ensued, the Daily Press reported.
The suspect was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead.
The wounded Chesapeake deputy was transported to the hospital and immediately taken into surgery, the Daily Press reported.
Sheriff O’Sullivan identified the wounded hero as Chesapeake Sheriff’s Investigator Scott Chambers.
The sheriff said that Investigator Chambers was “struck multiple times” and remained in critical condition at Riverside Regional Medical Center, the Daily Press reported.
Investigator Chambers, a member of the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office for four years, had been on the U.S. Marshals Task Force for about a year, according to Sheriff O’Sullivan.
He said the investigator was shot in the upper body and the lower body, the Daily Press reported.
“I’m proud of my deputy,” Sheriff O’Sullivan told reporters. “We’re hoping everything’s going to pull through. He’s an amazing individual — and just for the public, to keep him in your prayers and thoughts, and we’ll keep being vigilant and doing our job.”
Chief Talbot wouldn’t say how many of the task force officers had opened fire on Lewis, but confirmed that more than one law enforcement officer had fired his weapon, the Daily Press reported.
The Hampton police chief said there was another person in Lewis’ car at the time of the gunfight but that person wasn’t hurt and “is speaking to our detectives.”
Chief Talbot said the local U.S. Marshals Task Force that Investigator Chambers was participating in when he was shot is made up of law enforcement officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as well as state and local officers that various local police departments and sheriff’s offices, the Daily Press reported.
The chief said the task force on Wednesday included officers from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Virginia State Police, the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, and the Norfolk and Newport News police departments.