Charles City County, VA – A manhunt is underway for the gunman who shot a Charles City County Sheriff’s Office (CCCSO) deputy in the back during an armed robbery at a Dollar Store on Monday night.
The suspect is described as a black male who stands approximately six feet, one inch tall and has a “thin build,” the Virginia State Police (VSP) said in a press release on Tuesday.
He was last seen wearing a black ski mask, gloves, and a burgundy or dark red-and-black sweatshirt that was cinched around his face.
The incident occurred at the Dollar Store located at 10341 Courthouse Road at approximately 6:49 p.m. on Aug. 1, the CCCSO said in a press release.
A CCCSO deputy responded to the scene after the department received “an emergency call for an armed robbery,” the VSP said.
“Within moments of entering the store, the Sheriff’s Deputy was fired upon by the suspect,” according to the VSP.
The deputy and the suspect both exited the store and exchanged gunfire outside the building, investigators said.
The deputy, who was wearing a ballistic vest, was shot in the back during the incident.
No bystanders were hurt during the shootout.
The unidentified suspect fled into the woods behind the store and managed to escape despite “an extensive search by ground and by air,” the VSP said.
Investigators said they believe the gunman likely got into a vehicle parked somewhere near the store after he ran off into the woods.
The suspect made off with several hundred dollars in cash from the Dollar Store, according to the VSP.
The wounded deputy was rushed to Virginia Commonwealth University Health in Richmond and has since been released from the hospital to continue his recovery at home.
The VSP released a photo showing the back of the suspect in an attempt to identify the gunman.
#VSP pursuing leads in shooting of #CharlesCityCo Sheriff's Deputy 8/1/22 during armed robbery at the Dollar General Store on Courthouse Rd. Deputy treated & released. Call 911 or #77 or 804-609-5656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org w/tips on shooting suspect.@VA_PSHS pic.twitter.com/xHXsC3zwsC
— VA State Police (@VSPPIO) August 2, 2022
They urged anyone with any information about the shooting to contact police immediately.
“The Charles City County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the safety of our community,” CCCSO Major Leslie Comer told WRIC. “We are asking any citizen with information related to this incident to come forward.”