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Man arrested for firing 'multiple shots' at Henrico officer

Posted at 4:14 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 18:43:32-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A man has been arrested and charged with attempted capital murder for allegedly firing multiple shots at a police officer in Henrico County Thursday night.

An officer was in the area of Harvie Road and Reynolds Road at 11:30 p.m. when they heard multiple gunshots, according to Henrico Police.

"The officer located two subjects, one of which appeared to be armed. The officer identified themselves as police and commanded the subject(s) to drop their weapons," a police spokesperson said. "The suspect then fired multiple shots at the officer before fleeing."

Additional officers were dispatched and found the alleged shooter, 38-year-old Juane Shaundell Lewis of Henrico County, on Reynolds Road.

Police said no one was injured.

Lewis was charged with attempted capital murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, officials said.

Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas said the county will work with the commonwealth’s attorney’s office to ensure this crime is "prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Henrico Police Chief Humberto Cardounel Jr. said officers put their lives on the line every day.

“We are committed to ensuring our community is protected from those intent on doing harm to others," Cardounel said. "These officers, when confronted with an armed assailant shooting at them, gave chase until the gunman was apprehended. We will protect our Henrico community."

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.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Henrico Police at 804-501-5000. Anonymous information can be shared through Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or by using the “P3Tips” app on your smartphone device.

2 men arrested for firing shots at Richmond detectives

One hour after the Henrico shooting, two Richmond Police officers were shot at in the Mosby Court area.

"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.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can submit a news tip here.