Police arrest person of interest in connection to Danville homicide

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — On Thursday, Danville Police arrested a person in connection with Wednesday’s homicide of Melvin Smith.

“Police arrested this individual on unrelated charges and we will identify the person when we make charges related to the homicide,” the Danville Police Department announced on Thursday, March 5.

Officers found Smith in the front yard of his house with gunshot wounds on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:40 a.m. According to police, emergency personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police also held a HEART walk to help put the public at easy following the deadly shooting. it stands for Heal And Engage After Recent Trauma.

“You don’t know what people do these days. But I feel a whole lot more better now,” said Anthony Fitzgerald.

He lives on one of the streets police visited and says he never expected a deadly shooting to happen near his home.

“Well, it was kind of shocking. Cause we don’t have that kind of stuff going on in this neighborhood,” Fitzgerald said.

Officers walked the streets near where the shooting happened and spoke to people who live in the area. They shared information with them that they believe the victim was targeted.

“No one is just riding through the neighborhood shooting it up we had we had a homicide right here and somebody died. If that was your neighbor if that was someone you know, I can’t imagine how they feel,” said Lt. Richard Chivvis with Danville Police Department.

It was information residents like Fitzgerald say they were grateful for.

“It was really bothersome for a while and I was glad that the officers came by to talk to us and let us know everything was going to be alright and they’re going to keep the neighborhood checked out. It just made me feel more comfortable.”

Police say this sort of face to face interaction is important for communications and to help a community heal.

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