FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2020
On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 5:34 p.m., a citizen called 911 to report a 45-year-old male on the ground at 200 W. Main Street. The Charlottesville Police Department, Charlottesville Fire Department, and the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad responded to the scene and located an unresponsive male laying on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall.
During the encounter, Christopher Lee Gonzalez, a 36-year-old with no fixed residence, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for being intoxicated in public, a misdemeanor for obstruction of justice, and a felony for assault on a police officer.
In the interest of transparency and accuracy, the Charlottesville Police Department is releasing the arresting officer’s Body Worn Camera video.
While this is a criminal investigation and the subject is presumed innocent on all charges, an Internal Affairs investigation has been initiated by the Charlottesville Police Department related to this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Charlottesville Police Department at (434) 970-3280.
As this is an ongoing investigation, there will be no further comment from the City of Charlottesville at this time.
Director of Communications
City of Charlottesville