Group backs Portsmouth officer involved in shooting

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A handful of people supporting the officer involved in the fatal shooting of a Kazakh national stood outside City Hall on Saturday holding signs backing him.

They said they felt judgment was being rendered against Officer Stephen D. Rankin before an investigation of the shooting is complete.

“This is a good officer who’s proactive, who cares about his community,” said Larry Gump, who organized the event. “I just felt like he was getting really beat up heavily and somebody had to come out here and show some support.”

Kirill Denyakin died April 23 after he was shot 11 times by Rankin outside an apartment on Green Street where Denyakin was living. Denyakin was unarmed and highly intoxicated; police said he put his hands near his waist and charged at Rankin, who was responding to a burglary report.

Virginia State Police are investigating the shooting. A civil lawsuit was filed against Rankin asking for $22 million.

“I support Steve Rankin,” said Mike Siniscalchi, who joined the group at City Hall. “The men and women of this Police Department do an excellent job with maintaining quality of life here in this city, and Steve Rankin is one of those individuals.”

Patrick Wilson, (757) 222-3893,, Twitter


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What's good for the goose is

What's good for the goose is good the the gander.


Could someone say what Denyakin SHOULD have been ARRESTED for on April 23, at 10:12pm. Cop shows up, Denyakin was banging on the door. CLEARLY he wasn't a burglar. "What action could Rankin have taken differently himself, when seeing that was all Denyakin was doing?" Denyakin wasn't breakin' into an actual apartment. He was outside of the secured apartment building banging. The glass door hadn't been broken. I would just like to know Rankins approach to Denyakin, for this shooting, such as it was, to have to take place. A HOTHEAD perhaps? I'm not buying what was said so far that happened between 1 and 2 minutes. I JUST CAN'T.

Bekieve what you

Bekieve what you will....unfortunately I wasn't their but based on information I've received Denyakin DID NOT have "LEGAL" residence at 454 Green St. meaning not only was he NOT a lease holder....but he had no bills in his name at that location. Any Sub Leased arrangement he had with the true lessee was unlawful a former police officer it would be my opinion that yjr following could apply

§ 18.2-415
§ 18.2-120
§ 18.2-460
§ 18.2-479
§ 18.2-89
§ 18.2-57

As well as city code prohibiting any individual from being in public our outside in any fashion while under the influence of intoxicants.
Unlawful sublease of a rental space

Thank You Larry

§ 18.2-415 - Disorderly conduct
§ 18.2-120 - Tresspassing
§ 18.2-460 - Obstructing justice
§ 18.2-479 - Escape without force or violence (or setting fire to jail ?)
§ 18.2-89 - Burglary
§ 18.2-57 - Assault and Battery

Now, what could Rankin possibly be charged for that night? If anything. Would you mind matching the codes to these?

Culpability -
Manslaughter -
Murder -

You forgot one Larry

Sec. 50-1. - Compliance with orders of officers.

No person shall fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order of a police officer. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.

State law reference— Authority for above section, Code of Virginia, § 15.2-1712.

I do mind matching

I do mind matching codes....

there is no culpability....

There is no manslaughter

there certainly isn't nearly enough evidence from what I've seen to come near murder of any kind

Just in case, here's the code

§ 18.2-30. Murder and manslaughter declared felonies.

Any person who commits capital murder, murder of the first degree, murder of the second degree, voluntary manslaughter, or involuntary manslaughter, shall be guilty of a felony.

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