A longtime Virginia Beach Police sergeant was arrested Saturday night and charged with assaulting his wife, according to police and court records.
Sgt. Shawn Walter Hoffman, 57, who functions as a supervisor in the internal affairs division, was charged with one count of misdemeanor assault and electric battery of a family member.
Emergency responders were called to Hoffman’s home, in the 2400 block of Smokehouse Street, about 11:45 p.m., relating to court public records and police. The house is normally near Nimmo Parkway and Seaboard Road in debt Mill community.
Hoffman’s wife told arriving officers that her spouse pushed her down the stairs. She had noticeable injuries to her elbow and knee constant with a fall, regarding to a criminal complaint filed Monday morning hours in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.
The complaint states that Hoffman denied pushing her.
Hoffman’s stepdaughter, who filed a handwritten incident statement Sunday, mentioned that she walked into the house that night time and found her mom sitting at the bottom of the stairs.
“I asked her what happened and she shook her head,” the stepdaughter wrote. “After that my stepdad said loudly, ‘I didn’t drive her.’ And she responded with, ‘Yes he do.’ ”
The stepdaughter went on to say that a dog gate applied to the stairs was broken in two and lying on the floor, and her mother’s elbow was bleeding.
“My dad kept saying, ‘We didn’t push her,’ and ‘I’d end my career,’ ” she wrote in the declaration. “Then he began crying intensly (sic) and went upstairs and went in his closet and I heard him load a gun.
“I QUICKLY heard a click. He ... halfway stepped out of his area sobbing and said, ‘I did not push your mother.’ ”
The stepdaughter wrote that she then went a back again door and called police.
Hoffman could not be reached for comment Monday. Virginia Beach Social Services He’s a lifelong resident of Virginia Seaside and provides been with the division for 36 years, relating to a bail determination sheet in his court file.
He’s among six sergeants assigned to the inner affairs division and a supervisor there, said Linda Kuehn, a police spokeswoman. He proved helpful as a homicide detective before that.
In 2016, he was offered a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Top Cop Awards Dinner sponsored by Greater Hampton Roads Crime Lines.
He’s probably most widely known for securing confessions in two high-profile Virginia Seaside murder cases: the 1991 killing of two youthful boys for which Shawn Paul Novak, then 16, was afterwards convicted ; and a quadruple murder at the Witchduck Inn in 1994. If so, he got a confession from Denise Holsinger for her part in the killings.
He’s at the guts of an work to obtain a conviction thrown out for Darnell Phillips, a Virginia Beach man sentenced in 1991 to 100 years in prison for the rape and beating of a 10-year-old female. Hoffman testified at trial that he managed to get a confession from Phillips within a few minutes of speaking with him and soon after two other detectives failed to get one after hours of questioning.
Phillips has denied confessing to Hoffman and never signed a declaration. Hoffman informed jurors he didn’t record the confession because he didn’t have a laptop with him.
As the department conducts an administrative investigation stemming from the misdemeanor charge, Hoffman will be reassigned and relocated, police said.
He was released on an unsecured bond after his arrest. An initial court date has been scheduled for July 12.
If convicted, Hoffman could face up to a season in jail and a $2,500 fine.