Taking bets? This is something I know absolutely nothing about. Is this a felony? In particular, a violent felony? Was this guy killed over a few misdemeanors?
I'm sorry, but "a tragic mistake" just doesn't wash with me. If a civilian shot a LEO in "a tragic mistake", he would tragically be on his way to the gurney for the hot shot.
From what I recall.. he was part of a group that took in thousands a week. Number that comes to mind is $30,000 + so we are not talking $5.00 bets here. These were not some simple bets between friends.
Betting is not something that is violent however.. I pointed out that at the time of the arrest operation.... I believe he had a poker game going on and the games being held now have armed security to prevent robberies. This is why SWAT was needed.
Let's be careful on the words we use here... He was not "killed over a misdemeanor." This would make it sound like a death sentence was intentional and carried out. He was accidentally shot when the arrest take down had begun.
If a civilian shoots a cop and it is accidental... I would be interested in hearing how it happened. It would be extremelyrare for this to even happen since civilians do not lawfully point firearms at the police on a daily basis.
. Penalty for illegal gambling.
Except as otherwise provided in this article, any person who illegally gambles or engages in interstate gambling as defined in § 18.2-325
shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor. If an association or pool of persons illegally gamble, each person therein shall be guilty of illegal gambling.
1. "Illegal gambling" means the making, placing or receipt, of any bet or wager in this Commonwealth of money or other thing of value, made in exchange for a chance to win a prize, stake or other consideration or thing of value, dependent upon the result of any game, contest or any other event the outcome of which is uncertain or a matter of chance, whether such game, contest or event, occurs or is to occur inside or outside the limits of this Commonwealth.