Valley police arrest suspect involved in September shooting

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Kentavious Jamal Miles (Photo credit: Valley Police Department)
Kentavious Jamal Miles (Photo credit: Valley Police Department)

VALLEY, AL (WTVM) - The Valley Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection to a shooting last month.

Kentavious Jamal Miles, 21, of Valley was arrested at the police department and charged with the attempted murder of 37-year-old Larry Van Whaley Jr.

After speaking with investigators, Miles was booked and then transported to the Chambers County Detention Facility.

Whaley was shot twice in his yard in the 1000 block of Monk Street in Valley on September 19.

Officers responded to the home around 10:45 p.m. and found Whaley suffering from two gunshot wounds to his shoulder and chest.

According to authorities, Whaley was sitting in a vehicle with his toddler,son in hand, when he was approached by a man who pointed a gun at him and demanded money.

"He handed him off to the son's mother, attempted to get his wallet out and give the suspect his wallet or his money and at that point the suspect fired shots striking Mr. Whaley," explains Chief Tommy Weldon of the Valley Police Department.

Family members who refused to go on camera told us Whaley is a friendly face and well-known mechanic in the area.

People have been known drop cars off for him to fix at his home, but they say he didn't have much information on the latest vehicle he was working on.

"We believe Mr. Whaley has met the suspect before. We believe this had to with a vehicle repair situation," says Weldon.

The shooter escaped the scene on foot, and witnesses say they saw him sped away into a car on 20th Avenue.

Whaley is currently in stable condition, though family members say he may lose feeling in his arm.

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