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Suspect in armed robbery commits suicide as police arrive to make arrest

SoVaNow.com / April 24, 2014
On Thursday, deputies with the Halifax County Sheriff's Office attempted to serve a warrant on a suspect in an armed robbery that occurred in South Boston Wednesday afternoon around 3 o’clock. An ongoing investigation of the armed robbery led deputies to believe that alleged perpetrator, 27-year-old Daniel Wayne Short of Halifax, was at a house in the 3000 block of Mountain Road, Halifax.

Upon arrival at the residence, deputies were invited inside, but as they entered, they heard a single gunshot. Short was immediately discovered by deputies in a back room of the residence, suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Emergency medical technicians and the Halifax County Rescue Squad were summoned to the scene, but Short died due to the extent of his injuries.

Earlier on Wednesday, South Boston Police arrested a 15-year-old female juvenile in connection with the home invasion and robbery, which took place shortly before 3 p.m. at a residence on River Road.

The victim of the robbery reported to police that he was held at gunpoint by a white male while another white male took a gaming console and controller that belonged to him. The victim reported that three people — the two males and a juvenile female — left the scene on a blue SUV.

Sheriff’s Deputy S. Britton spotted a vehicle matching the description on Union Church Road near Old Mill Road. Deputies from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office along with officers from South Boston Police Department and members of the Virginia State Police converged at a residence on Old Mill Road where the suspect vehicle was found shortly after being spotted by Britton.

A subsequent search of that residence later revealed items related to the robbery.

Warrants were issued against Daniel Wayne Short and Dylan Taylor Goodson as well as petitions being issued against the juvenile for Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and Petit Larceny.

The juvenile suspect was transported to W. W. Moore Detention Facility in Danville.

Police are still searching for Dylan Taylor Goodson and anyone having any information as to his whereabouts or any other information concerning this crime is asked to contact Detective R. E. Redd at the South Boston Police Department at 434-575-4271, the E911 Center at 434-476-3334, or the Crime Line at 434-476-8445.

After he committed suicide, Short’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for autopsy.

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