Virginia Police Investigating Charles City County Robbery, Shooting of Deputy

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CHARLES CITY COUNTY, VA – Police reported on Monday at approximately 6:50 p.m., a Charles City County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to an emergency call for an armed robbery that just took place at the Dollar General in the 10300 block of Courthouse Rd.

“Within moments of entering the store, the Sheriff’s Deputy was fired upon by the suspect. Both the Sheriff’s Deputy and the suspect exited the store and exchanged gunfire outside the store. The suspect then fled the scene by running into the woods behind the store,” police said.

The suspect got away, but the police are still searching for them.

“A review of the store’s surveillance video and witness statements indicate the shooting suspect is a male approximately 6’1 in height with a thin build,” police said. “He was wearing gloves and a black ski mask with a burgundy/dark red-and-black hoodie sweatshirt cinched around his face.”

“The Charles City County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the safety of our community. We are asking any citizen with information related to this incident to come forward,” said Major Leslie Comer, spokesperson for the Charles City County Sheriff’s Office.

According to police, the Virginia State Police and the Charles City County Sheriff’s Office immediately set up a perimeter in the area of the store to conduct an extensive search by ground and by air for the shooting suspect. It is believed the shooting suspect left the area in a vehicle not too far from the store.

“The Sheriff’s Deputy was shot in the back, and has been treated and released from VCU Medical Center in Richmond. The Deputy was wearing a ballistic vest,” police said. “No one inside or outside the store was injured during the incident. The suspect did escape with several hundred dollars taken from the store.”