UPDATE March 2, 2020: Michael Keller was found guilty of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and malicious assault charges on Feb 27. His sentencing is scheduled for May 1. His charges general district court were dropped.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A suspect is in custody after a Wednesday night shooting in Newport News left one man seriously injured.
Newport News Police said 36-year-old Michael Keller, of Hayes, was arrested at Signature Contracting LLC on Canon Boulevard after officers responded to a tactical situation.
Keller’s arrest came more than nine hours after officers were dispatched the 800 block of Old Oyster Point Road — around two miles away — just before 11:30 p.m.
Police said responding officers found a 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound. The man was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Police said the shooter and the victim do not know each other.
Police and witnesses told 10 On Your Side a man and a woman were arguing in the parking lot when the victim tried to intervene and was shot.
Witnesses who spoke with 10 On Your Side off-camera said the man was shot in the head.
BREAKING: A 23- year- old man is in critical condition after a shooting on Old Oyster Point Rd. in #NewportNews.
The victim was trying to stop an argument between a man and woman when he was shot in the head, according to witnesses. @WAVY_News pic.twitter.com/gMBKlsNbOq — Kiahnna Patterson (@KPattersonWAVY) May 16, 2019
A police spokesperson said officers identified Keller as a suspect following an investigation, and issued multiple felony warrants for his arrest.
Police charged Keller with malicious assault, discharging a firearm in a public place, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and reckless handling of a firearm.
Stay tuned to WAVY.com for the latest developments.