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One dead, one wounded in gun battle with Mecklenburg deputies

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SoVaNow.com / March 18, 2020
A shootout between robbery suspects and police early Monday morning in Chase City left one male suspect dead and another hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office is investigating the March 16 shooting on Skipwith Road in Chase City. Officers with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office returned fire after they were fired upon by suspected home robbers. State Police are typically called in to handle investigations of officer-involved shootings.

VSP spokesperson Corine Geller said “there is one confirmed fatality, a second individual was injured, and four people have been arrested in connection with the early morning incident. No members of law enforcement were injured in the incident. “

State Police have not released the names of the men who were wounded or killed in the exchange of gunfire. Calls to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office for information were directed to the State Police.

According to Geller, Sheriff’s deputies received information about a possible home invasion that was to take place overnight at a residence on Skipwith Road, a short distance outside Chase City town limits. At approximately 1:30 a.m., Sheriff’s Office personnel went to the residence where they encountered four male suspects. When deputies initiated contact, the suspects fired at the deputies and the deputies returned fire.

One of the four male suspects died at the scene. His remains were sent to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Richmond for examination, autopsy and positive identification. A second male suspect was flown to VCU Medical Center in Richmond for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

The two other suspects fled the scene on foot but were apprehended a short distance away by deputies and state troopers. Those two, along with two additional individuals, have each been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.

The suspects are: Jonathan T. Watson, 20, of Chase City, Jack M. Heverin, 20, of Virgilina, Zaquan D. Meadows, 18, of South Boston, and Emily Spencer, 24, of Richmond.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

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