HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton police are stepping up patrols around the city after a violent weekend.
The department announced Sunday they are increasing patrols calling in off-duty officers or using overtime. Officers also posted the announcment on Facebook:
The Hampton Police Division is taking immediate steps to address the increase in violent crime over the holiday weekend and prior week. With the safety of citizens as our highest priority, we are immediately increasing the number of officers working the streets.
Here’s what we’re doing right now: We will increase the number of officers on patrol through overtime and other measures. Investigators are pursuing every lead to solve these violent crime cases.
Our investigators have already made progress on the homicides that have occurred earlier this month, with an arrest and charges that are pending in court.
While it is important to proactively address crime, we want you to know that crime is trending downward in Hampton overall. Last year, we saw the second lowest violent crime rate since 2003. We are highly committed to seeing these reduction trends continue.
Thank you for your support.
This increase in patrols comes after two women were shot and killed just 30 minutes apart on Sunday.
Around 3:30 p.m. police were called to a multi-vehicle crash in the Foxhill area of the city. Police say a woman found shot inside of a crashed car was pronounced dead at the scene.
Another person who was in the car with her ran before officers arrived, police say.
Detectives believe the two knew each other.
Just after 4p.m., officers were called to the Cambridge Apartments, just off of Orcutt Avenue.
Police say a man and woman who live together got into an argument that turned physical. At some point during this argument, the man was stabbed and the woman was shot.
The woman died at the scene and the man is expected to be OK, according to police.
Police say the two incidents do not appear to be related. Anyone with information that could help detectives is asked to call the anonymous Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.