Man wanted for shooting Virginia deputy arrested in Cary, police say

Theron Donte Shackleford
Theron Donte Shackleford CCBI

A man accused of shooting a deputy in Virginia was arrested in Cary Wednesday, U.S. Marshals say.

Theron Donte Shackleford, 33, of Richmond, is accused of shooting a Henrico County Sheriff’s Deputy late Tuesday night, according to a U.S. Marshals Service news release.

Richmond police responded to reports of a shooting at a residence just before 11 p.m. and found the wounded deputy. He had suffered multiple gunshots and was taken to the hospital where he underwent lifesaving surgery, the release said. He was listed in critical condition at VCU Medical Center, according to a report in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Henrico Sheriff Mike Wade told the Times-Dispatch that the deputy was at the home of another deputy, a female, when the shooting happened. He said the suspect, the woman’s former boyfriend, shot at the two deputies, wounding him. Wade told the Times-Dispatch that the deputies were not on duty at the time of the shooting.

The accused man fled but was tracked to an apartment in Cary off Hastings Place where he was staying with an associate, the release said. The U.S. Marshals Eastern North Carolina Violent Fugitive Task Force, with assistance from Cary police and the Wake County Sheriff’s Officer Tactical Response Team, arrested Shackleford just before 11 p.m. Wednesday after a brief standoff, the release said.

Shackleford was charged with attempted murder and use of a firearm in the shooting, police say.

“We applaud the efforts of law enforcement to quickly bring to justice this violent individual who committed such a heinous act,” said Bobby Mathieson, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Shackleford was being held in the Wake County jail.

Joe Johnson is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer. He most recently covered towns in western Wake County and Chatham County. Before that, he covered high school sports for The Herald-Sun.