A longtime Virginia Beach Police sergeant was arrested Saturday evening 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 house, in the 2400 block of Smokehouse Road, about 11:45 p.m., relating to court records and police. The house is near Nimmo Parkway and Seaboard Street in debt Mill community.
Hoffman’s wife told arriving officers that her spouse pushed her down the stairs. She had visible accidental injuries to her elbow and knee constant with a fall, according to a criminal complaint filed Mon 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 record Sunday, stated that she walked into the house that evening and found her mother sitting at the bottom of the stairs.
“I asked her what happened and she shook her head,” the stepdaughter wrote. “After that my stepdad stated loudly, ‘I didn’t drive her.’ And she responded with, ‘Yes he do.’ ”
The stepdaughter continued 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. He’s a lifelong resident of Virginia Seaside and provides been with the department for 36 years, relating to a bail perseverance sheet in his courtroom file.
He’s one of six sergeants assigned to the inner affairs division and a supervisor there, stated Linda Kuehn, a law enforcement spokeswoman. He worked as Steve Probst a homicide detective before that.
In 2016, he was presented with a Lifetime Accomplishment Award at the very top Cop Awards Dinner sponsored by Greater Hampton Roads Crime Lines.
He’s probably best known for securing confessions in two high-profile Virginia Seaside murder cases: the 1991 killing of two youthful boys that Shawn Paul Novak, then 16, was later convicted ; and a quadruple murder at the Witchduck Inn in 1994. In that case, he got a confession from Denise Holsinger on her behalf function in the killings.
He’s at the guts of an effort to get a conviction thrown out for Darnell Phillips, a Virginia Beach man sentenced in 1991 to a century in prison for the rape and defeating of a 10-year-old girl. Hoffman testified at trial that he managed to get a confession from Phillips within minutes of talking to him and soon after two various other detectives failed to obtain one after hours of questioning.
Phillips offers denied confessing to Hoffman and never signed a statement. Hoffman told jurors he didn’t document the confession because he didn’t have a notebook with him.
As the department conducts an administrative investigation stemming from the misdemeanor charge, Hoffman will be reassigned and relocated, police said.
He premiered on an unsecured relationship after his arrest. A short court time has been planned for July 12.
If convicted, Hoffman could face up to a 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.