Two Charlottesville police officers wounded in shootout at Westhaven


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) — The Charlottesville Police Department said two of its police officers were wounded in a shootout with a suspect at Westhaven.

Police first responded to the area at 8:43 p.m. Saturday for the report of shots fired on Hardy Drive.

Several shell casings were found at the scene of the initial shooting, but no one was injured.

The officers identified the person they thought was responsible for firing the shots and attempted to make contact with the suspect.

The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Timothy Miles of Charlottesville, exchanged gunfire with police just after 10:30 p.m. when officers approached him.

Police said a bullet fired by MIles hit one of the officer’s bullet-proof vests and possibly grazed the second officer.

The officers also exchanged gunfire with Miles, who was also wounded in the shooting.

Miles is charged with attempted capital murder and a violent felon in possession of a firearm, according to Brackney.

Police said the suspect was already wanted on a previous failure to appear charge for shoplifting.

The suspect also has a lengthy criminal background with assault, brandishing a firearm, and resisting arrest charges, according to police.

The identities of the officers have not yet been released.

Brackney said police are downloading all of the body camera footage from the shooting and are working with the Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Police also said Miles will likely have a bond hearing on Sunday before a magistrate once he is released from the hospital and is deemed fit by doctors to do so.

The shooting remains under investigation.

The officers were transported to the University of Virginia Health System where they are said to be in stable condition.

Police said Miles was also transported to the UVA Health System where he was taken into surgery and is also said to be in stable condition.

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