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Friends mourn cook fatally shot by Portsmouth police

Posted to: Crime News Portsmouth

A memorial on Green Street in Olde Towne Portsmouth recalls Kreal Suchin, who died after he was shot by a police officer on Saturday. About 50 friends gathered for a candlelight vigil on Monday. <span class='credit'>(Patrick Wilson | The Virginian-Pilot)</span>

A memorial on Green Street in Olde Towne Portsmouth recalls Kreal Suchin, who died after he was shot by a police officer on Saturday. About 50 friends gathered for a candlelight vigil on Monday. (Patrick Wilson | The Virginian-Pilot)

Kreal Suchin was from Kazakhstan and worked at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel. (Photo from WVEC)
Kreal Suchin was from Kazakhstan and worked at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel. (Photo from WVEC)

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the incident

Kreal Suchin, aka KGB, was shot by police outside 454 Green St. in Portsmouth on Saturday. Police said they responded to a report of a burglary and encountered a man banging on a door. The man did not comply with police commands and "made furtive movements with his hands, at the same time, lunging towards the Officer," a police statement said.

PORTSMOUTH

Friends of a man who was shot by a police officer on Saturday identified him as a cook at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel who sometimes stayed overnight with one of the occupants of the building where he was killed.

Police did not release the name of the man, who was shot outside the apartment building at 454 Green St., but co-workers identified him as Kreal Suchin, in his mid-20s, who was from Kazakhstan.

Friends knew him as "K" or "KGB," and about 50 of them gathered Monday night for a candlelight vigil to remember him and question why he was killed.

"He's a very sweet person," said Shante Hardy, a server at the Renaissance. "I was shocked. I thought, 'It can't be him.' "

Police said they responded to a report of a burglary in progress at the building about 10:12 p.m. and encountered a man banging on a door.

The man did not comply with police commands and "made furtive movements with his hands, at the same time, lunging towards the Officer," a police statement said.

The officer fired, killing him. Police are investigating. The department did not release the name of the officer, who was placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, a routine move in such cases. Findings will be presented to the commonwealth's attorney for review.

Maurice Wilson, a cook at an Olde Towne restaurant who lives with his wife in the building where the shooting happened, said he let Suchin stay with him and said the two were best friends.

"His clothes are in my room. His computer is in there," Wilson said. "He wasn't trying to burglarize the place. He's not a burglar. He's a friend."

Aileen Putnam, who lives around the corner, said "everybody in this neighborhood knew KGB." She said she heard six gunshots Saturday night.

Two men who live in the building said they had seen Suchin there visiting Wilson before. He often appeared intoxicated, they said.

Edgar Smith said he saw Suchin on Saturday not long before the shooting, and he was sitting on a brick curb on Green Street and later appeared to be stumbling. Smith left before the shooting happened.

Employees at the Renaissance said they were shocked to find out about Suchin's death. Their co-worker, they said, was sending money home to his brother, who was planning to move here.

Cindy Gray, a bartender at the hotel, said Suchin had worked there for about two years, was happy with his job and never showed a temper.

"He's a really hard worker," she said. "He would never hurt anybody. He'd be the first one to help you."

A memorial set up on Green Street included flowers and balloons and a sign that said "RIP KGB."

"May your soul rest in peace. This tragedy will be redeemed. We all miss you and love you so much, Adrian, Sean, Star, J, Wendy and the rest of the crew," a note at the memorial reads.

"This is just an awful thing that happened," said Bob Brennan, the executive chef at the Renaissance Hotel. "He was a gentle guy. A great guy to have around in the kitchen.... You'd be hard-pressed to find anybody who had a bad word to say about the guy."

Patrick Wilson, (757) 222-3893, patrick.wilson@pilotonline.com, Twitter

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Come on guys..

let's stop the bickering back and forth and the insults, a man is dead here!! RIP young man :-(

the bottom line is,

the bottom line is, everybody is an infant when they're scared and need help, but somehow transform into use of force experts and world-class tuff guys while talking about an officer involved shooting.

A cop is never there fast enough when you need him, but is driving too fast when you dont.

if a cop didnt handle things exactly the way you feel they should have been handled in all your experience and wisdom (usually from csi or "cops"), he must be a rookie or an idiot.

pour decisions

Ok, lets imagine this. Weather you speak the language of the land, weather your drunk or sober, weather you feel you’ve done anything wrong or not. A man with a badge approaches you. He orients his firearm at you (this is the universal non-verbal signal for “please stop what you are doing”). He gives you verbal commands. Do you:
1) conceal your hands and lunge at the man with the badge and gun
2) do anything other than answer (1)
sounds like the gentleman made a poor decision that night.

Imagine this was your JOB

Imagine this: Everyday you go to work and every one you come in contact with hates you. They lie to you,call you foul names, spit on you, try to hurt you by kicking, hitting and using weapons. They HATE you, until they need you and even then you can do NOTHING right. You were too slow, you're not doing things exactly as they want or as it is on TV. Imagine everytime you got out of your car you were unsure if today someone was going to try to KILL you. This thought lives in the back of your mind all the time and it lives with your family. Now imagine being alone in the dark with someone who is aggressive and not willing to follow your commands and makes it appear as if he is going to hurt you. You can't see what he has. Do you want to live?

Wow so many sworn PO and Criminal Justice degrees in Ptown

A lot of people with knowledge on what it takes and what it is like to be a PO. Keep pointing fingers at these officers. Why dont you ask the victims of Richard Richardson Jr? Who was found guilty Today in Va Beach on charges that included multiple counts of rape, robbery, abduction, forcible sodomy and more than a dozen counts of use of a firearm in a felony.Went to rob a drug dealer and went to the wrong apt and then cause havoc on a party of kids. Ask the parents of Meghan Landowski who can now rest at night knowing that no other child in this city can be harmed by Robert Barnes who sexually assaulted and stabbed their daughter more than 40 times. So before you bash a cop think about all those people who didn't ask to be victims...

MEMORIAL FUND SET UP AT WACHOVIA BANK OLD TOWNE PORTSMOUTH....

Please help his friends collect money for his mother who is arriving today from Eastern Europe..Thank You

let's see,an unarmed man,who

let's see,an unarmed man,who by police statements made threating gestures with his hands,well if thats the case clearly they could see he wasn't armed,why wasn't he tased first?just another case of shoot first,we'll justify it later.police don't have the right to gun you down
without provocation(threating hand gestures)give me a break.the commonwealth's office will have this cleaned up and the murdering officer back on the street before the poor man is even buried

It's not murder if there was

It's not murder if there was not intent or planning. Unless he was buck naked you can't see what is under someone's clothes. Last time I checked police officers weren't issued xray vision. I'm not sure what you consider threatening hand gestures but they don't mean flipping the cop the bird or balling up his fist.

The police do have an

The police do have an absolute right to react to furtive movements by a suspect. The police do not have to wait for a weapon to be pointed at them (giving them a tactical and deadly disadvantage) for them to react. If a "reasonable officer" would perceive that as a deadly force situation, then that officer had an absolute right to take deadly force means.

A very adversarial attitude towards the general public.

I hope none of you are police as you express a very unprofessional attitude.
I think most police officers are better than that, stop making them look bad by promoting police state submissiveness.

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