Virginia Beach Police Department



A longtime Virginia Seaside Police sergeant was arrested Saturday night and charged with assaulting his wife, according to police and court public records.

Sgt. Shawn Walter Hoffman, 57, who works as a supervisor in the inner 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 Street, about 11:45 p.m., relating to court public records and police. The house is normally near Nimmo Parkway and Seaboard Road in debt Mill community.

Hoffman’s wife told arriving officers that her spouse pushed her down the stairs. She had noticeable injuries to her elbow and knee constant with a fall, regarding to a criminal complaint filed Monday morning hours in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courtroom.

The complaint states that Hoffman denied pushing her.

Hoffman’s stepdaughter, who filed a handwritten incident statement Sunday, mentioned that she walked into the house that night time and found her mom sitting at the bottom of the stairs.

“I asked her what happened and she shook her head,” the stepdaughter wrote. “After that my stepdad said loudly, ‘I didn’t drive her.’ And she responded with, ‘Yes he do.’ ”

The stepdaughter went on 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 a homicide detective before that.

In 2016, he was presented with a Lifetime Accomplishment Award at the very top Cop Awards Steve Probst Dinner sponsored by Greater Hampton Roads Crime Lines.

He’s probably best known for securing confessions in two high-profile Virginia Beach murder cases: the 1991 killing of two youthful boys that Shawn Paul Novak, after that 16, was later convicted ; and a quadruple murder at the Witchduck Inn in 1994. In that case, he got a confession from Denise Holsinger for her part in the killings.

He’s at the guts of an work to get a conviction thrown out for Darnell Phillips, a Virginia Beach man sentenced in 1991 to 100 years in prison for the rape and defeating of a 10-year-old gal. Hoffman testified at trial that he managed to get a confession from Phillips within minutes of talking to him and shortly after two additional detectives failed to obtain one after hours of questioning.

Phillips offers denied confessing to Hoffman rather than signed a statement. Hoffman told jurors he didn’t document the confession because he didn’t have a notebook with him.

While 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.

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