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Five arrested in Chase City shooting

South Boston News / December 27, 2017
Five people were arrested Thursday in connection with a Dec. 9 shooting in Chase City that left one man seriously injured after the bullet lodged in his brain.

Arrested were Mark Clifford Dicks, 34, March Anthony Oliver, 43, Tylleah Shirley Russell, 24, Karvin Carnell Hardy Jr., 27, and Jermaine Randale Nelson, 33.

They were each charged with conspiracy to maliciously wound Melvin Hatcher Jr. with intent to maim, disfigure or kill. The arrests were handled by Sheriff’s Office Investigator Jason Seamans, working with the Chase City Police Department and the Southside Drug Task Force.

The five suspects were initially scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 8, but their cases were continued to Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. in General District Court in Boydton, according to court records.

Authorities have offered no motive for the shooting, nor have they divulged why the victim or any of the five suspects were at Green Acres Trailer Court on the night of Dec. 9 when the shooting took place, since none lived there. Oliver’s last known address is Hillside Avenue, Chase City. Nelson’s and Russell’s last known addresses are both on N. Washington Street, Chase City. Dicks’ last known address is Highway 92, Chase City, and Hardy’s is Phyllis Road in Boydton.

The five were transported to Meherrin River Regional Jail and are being held under no bond.

On the night of Dec. 9 around 11 p.m., Cpl. Scott Edmonds with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 100 block of Jackson Road, at the trailer court, after a witness reported a shooting to 911.

When Edmonds arrived, the victim was being attended to by Chase City police officers. They administered first aid to Hatcher until the Chase City Rescue Squad arrived at the scene.

Icy roads and weather conditions that night hampered the ability of the rescue squad to get to the scene of the shooting quickly. Chase City Police Chief Jay Jordan credited the actions of Town Officers Reese and Fitts with saving Hatcher’s life.

Sheriff Bobby Hawkins said the victim was shot in the face, but the bullet lodged in his brain. Because of the life-threatening nature of his injuries, Hatcher was transferred to VCU Hospital in Richmond, after first having been transported to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill.

Hatcher remains in serious condition, according to the last update from law enforcement.

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