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2 men arrested for firing shots at Richmond detectives

Posted at 11:33 AM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 18:40:11-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Two men have been charged with attempted murder after police say they fired shots at Richmond detectives early Friday morning.

Police say officers were in the Mosby Court area when they heard random gunfire and notified the Department of Emergency Communications at approximately 12:45 a.m.

"During this time, shots were fired multiple times at detectives in an unmarked vehicle at the intersection of Coalter and Littlepage Streets," said a Richmond Police spokesperson. "One detective suffered a minor injury by broken glass and was treated a local hospital and released."

Following the shooting, police say several vehicles were stopped and individuals were detained.

Jerad Wyche and Niggi Harris were arrested and charged with attempted murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Det. B. Plaskett at (804) 646-3185 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

Man arrested for firing 'multiple shots' at Henrico officer

An hour before the Richmond shooting, multiple multiple shots were fired at an Henrico Police officer near Harvie Road in Henrico County. Juane Lewis has been arrested and charged with attempted capital murder for allegedly firing multiple shots at a police officer.

The Henrico shooting was the county's 120th shooting incident this year, compared to 86 last year at this time.
That's a nearly 40 percent increase.

It's a statistics that have caught the feds attention.

Earlier this week, Crime Insider Jon Burkett interviewed G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, who says the influx of violence isn't unnoticed.

"We've been sending in federal agents to help state and locals, murder is usually a state and local crime so we add resources of the ATF because theyre experts in guns and shell casings and they've been working hand and glove with RPS and others. That's our goal. Some cases will go federal, some stay state... Our goal is to get the violence under control, said Terwilliger.

Terwilliger says if localities ask, they will make federal resources available.