Man charged with attempted murder after hotel shooting

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Brian Keith Lyons (Courtesy VPRJ)
Brian Keith Lyons (Courtesy VPRJ)

One man has been charged with attempted murder after police say he fired a shot at another man at a hotel on Capitol Landing Road.

Brian Keith Lyons, 33, is charged with attempted murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, brandishing, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of firearms while in possession of certain substances and reckless endangerment, according to a Williamsburg Police Department news release.

Williamsburg Police responded to a hotel in the 900 block of Capitol Landing Road around 2:15 a.m. Sunday morning for a report of shots fired, the release said.

Officers arrived on scene and detained Lyons, who had dropped the .40 caliber firearm on the ground when police arrived.

The victim, who knows Lyons, confronted him after he shot the firearm, asking him why he discharged the firearm, police said.

When the victim confronted him, Lyons allegedly pointed the weapon at him and fired a shot, the release said.

The round missed the victim but hit a nearby car, police said.

Officers learned Lyons had been staying on the hotel property and located his room, which was open. Police performed a quick sweep of the room, looking for any injured people, but found no one, the release said.

Officers found items they believed were narcotics in the hotel room, which were later seized on a search warrant, the release said.

“Based on the observed items and the erratic behavior exhibited by Mr. Lyons when officers came into contact with him, the officers suspected he was either under the influence of narcotics or experiencing a mental crisis,” the release said.

Police took him to Riverside Doctor’s Hospital, located at 1500 Commonwealth Avenue in Williamsburg, where he was evaluated “medically and mentally,” police said.

After the evaluation, he was transported to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail on Merrimac Trail and charged with attempted murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, brandishing, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of firearms while in possession of certain substances and reckless endangerment.

Lyons did not have a scheduled court date in the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court as of 10 a.m. Monday morning, according to online court records.