A longtime Virginia Beach 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 functions as a supervisor in the inner affairs division, was billed with one count of misdemeanor assault and electric battery of a member of family.
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 definitely near Nimmo Parkway and Seaboard Street in debt Mill community.
Hoffman’s wife informed arriving officers that her spouse pushed her down the stairs. She had visible accidents to her elbow and knee constant with a fall, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday 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 statement Sunday, stated that she walked in to the house that night time and found her mother sitting in 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 did.’ ”
The stepdaughter continued to say that a dog gate applied to the stairs was broken in half and lying on the floor, and her mother’s elbow was bleeding.
“My father kept saying, ‘I didn’t force her,’ and ‘I’d end my career,’ ” she wrote in the statement. “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 space sobbing and said, ‘I didn't push your mother.’ ”
The stepdaughter wrote that she then went out a back again door and called police.
Hoffman could not be reached for comment Mon. He’s a lifelong resident of Virginia Beach and has been with the division for 36 years, according to a bail perseverance sheet in his court file.
He’s among six sergeants designated to the internal affairs division and a supervisor there, said Linda Kuehn, a law enforcement spokeswoman. He worked well as a homicide detective before that.
In 2016, he was offered a Lifetime Accomplishment Award at the Top Cop Awards Dinner sponsored by Better 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, then 16, was afterwards convicted ; and a quadruple murder at the Witchduck Inn in 1994. In that case, he got a confession from Denise Holsinger for her role in the killings.
He’s at the guts of an effort to obtain a conviction trashed for Darnell Phillips, a Virginia Beach man sentenced in 1991 to 100 years in prison for the rape and beating of a 10-year-old young lady. Hoffman testified at trial that he got a confession from Phillips within minutes of speaking with him and soon after two other detectives failed to get one after hours of questioning.
Phillips has denied confessing to Hoffman and never signed a statement. Hoffman informed jurors he didn’t document the confession because he didn’t have a laptop with him.
While the department conducts an administrative investigation stemming from the Virginia Beach Social Services misdemeanor charge, Hoffman will be reassigned and relocated, police said.
He premiered on an unsecured relationship after his arrest. A short court day has been planned for July 12.
If convicted, Hoffman could face up to a yr in jail and a $2,500 fine.