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Man charged in shooting of Virginia sheriff’s deputy

March 22, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A suspect in the shooting of a Virginia sheriff’s deputy was arrested Wednesday night in North Carolina, authorities said.

The U.S. Marshals Service said 33-year-old Theron Donte Shackleford of Richmond was arrested in Cary, North Carolina, after a brief standoff.

Authorities began looking for Shackelford after Richmond police responded to a shooting Tuesday night and found a man, later identified as a Henrico County Sheriff’s Deputy, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds inside a home.

The 23-year-old deputy, whose name has not been released, is hospitalized in critical condition. Henrico County Sheriff Michael Wade said the deputy, who has been with his department for almost three years, was shot at least twice, including once in the chest.

Shackleford is charged with attempted murder and use of a firearm in the shooting. It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

Wade said the wounded deputy was not on duty at the time and was shot while at the home of a female deputy who is Shackleford’s former girlfriend.

Wade said an argument broke out and that Shackleford shot at both deputies, missing the woman but hitting the man.

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