UPDATE: Two Charlottesville police officers wounded in shootout at Westhaven

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- 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 8:40 p.m. Saturday for the report of shots fired on Hardy Drive.

Witness Aaliyah Turner said she got down on the ground when she heard shots ring out.

"Oh my God. Not again," Turner said was her initial reaction. "I was scared and I was shaking and I was afraid. I just didn't know what to do."

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.

Chief RaShall Brackney 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.

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.

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

Turner said she is tired of this violence happening in her neighborhood.

"If it's not every weekend, it's every other weekend," said Turner. "Something needs to be done. I'm just scared one of these kids are going to get shot. I'm scared a bullet is going to go through my apartment or somebody else's apartment. I'm just afraid that somebody's going to die and then it'll be too late."

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, but both of them have been placed on administrative leave per department protocol while the case is being investigated.

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. Brackney also said police will continue to work with the community to make them feel safer.

"Increased patrols will only do a small portion of it," said Brackney. "We have to be able to weed out those criminals who infiltrate these communities, stay in the communities, and then terrorize the communities."

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.




 
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