UPDATE 10/7: Commonwealth Attorney Harvey Bryant said Monday, "The officer was within his legal authority and justified in the use of deadly force in the situation as it presented itself. His actions were appropriate under the circumstances, and were initiated to protect other citizens, bank employees, and himself from serious bodily injury or death."
No charges will be prosecuted against the Portsmouth officer for his conduct, Bryant said.
*Update: On Monday, police identified the robbery suspect as 30-year-old Courtney Andrew Holloman of the 5000 block of Hillswick Drive in Virginia Beach.
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Police said a bank robbery ended Saturday morning when an off-duty Portsmouth officer shot and killed the robber.
It happened a little after 10 a.m. at Chartway Federal Credit Union, located at 5004 Ferrell Parkway near Indian Lakes Boulevard.
Witnesses told officers masked man walked into the business and said he was robbing the credit union. He appeared to have a weapon of some sort on him.
Sergeant Adam Bernstein said one of the customers was an off-duty police officer from an agency other than Virginia Beach Police Department.
"He, then, confronted the robbery suspect, made the announcement that he was a police officer," explained Bernstein. "The suspect then turned towards him, at which point the suspect was shot once."
The alleged robber died there.
No one else inside the credit union was hurt.
"Deadly force is something that we never want to use, but it's something that we know that every day that we get up, and put on the uniform, and go to work -- or in this case, every day that we leave the house as a police officer -- if we get confronted with one of these situations where it's a violent felony in progress, you know, we're forced to intervene," Bernstein told 13News Now. "In this particular case, the officer was forced to intervene and use deadly force."
Virginia Beach Police Department will work with the Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney's Office on the criminal investigation.
Portsmouth Police Department will conduct an administrative investigation into the officer’s involvement in the shooting, and he is on administrative leave for the time being. Both are part of the department's standard procedures when an incident like this takes place.
Police have not identified the suspect and are not confirming if he was armed.