Virginia Beach Man Who USed Machine Gun During Norfolk Shootout Gets 7 Year Prison Term

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NORFOLK, Va. – A man who used a machine gun in a shootout in Norfolk last July is going to prison for 7 years, according to the Department of Justice.

According to court documents, Shy’Quan Dodson, 25, of Virginia Beach possessed a machine gun on July 18, 2021.

“That day, Norfolk police officers were in the vicinity of the 900 block of Tunstall Avenue in Norfolk, where they observed multiple individuals shooting at each other. The individuals fled in three separate vehicles, and during the ensuing pursuit a firearm was tossed from the rear of the vehicle,” police said. “After a 15-minute pursuit that ended in a crash in Portsmouth, the defendant was detained while attempting to flee on foot from the vehicle. The firearm tossed from the vehicle was a Glock with an attached component that converted the handgun into a fully automatic machine gun.”

A search of Dodson’s cell phone showed photos of him holding the weapon, and a primer residue test revealed that Dodson had primer particles on his hands from the discharge of a firearm. Dodson’s phone also contained communications with another individual related to the buying and selling of machine gun conversion kits. According to court filings Dodson is a member of the Norfolk-based Kai Gang, a criminal street gang.

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