A Look at Westhaven after Saturday Night's ShootingPosted: Updated:
After Saturday night’s violent events that hospitalized two police officers and 27-year-old Timothy Lamont Miles, the neighborhood around Hardy Drives has dealt with the aftermath and increased police presence.
Logan Payne was in an apartment on Hardy Drive, just a few doors down from the residence of Timothy Lamont Miles on Saturday night, when Miles allegedly shot two officers.
“It was a bunch of people just all around screaming, yelling, and just a bunch of violence happening around here,” said Payne.
According to Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney, the gunfire increased in this neighborhood recently. “Over the past few weekends, in the Westhaven area, particularly on Hardy Drive, there have been multiple shots fired...casings as well. So we'll have to do some forensic evidence to see if these casings match those that we've been collecting the last month or so.”
While Charlottesville police say they will work with the community to increase patrols in the area, some people who live in Westhaven say that a relationship with law enforcement will not be easily forged.
“Cops come around here and people don't really have a lot of respect for them because they know how cops do,” said Payne.
Timothy Lamont Miles has been charged as a violent felon with a gun and attempted capital murder. A bond hearing will take place once University of Virginia medical staff and the magistrate deem him fit to do so.