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For Immediate Release

March 21, 2019 U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Arrest Richmond Shooter in NC Within 24 Hours

Richmond, VA – Working with Richmond Police Detectives, the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force in Richmond tracked an attempted murder suspect to Cary, North Carolina, within 24 hours of a March 19 shooting.

Just before 11 p.m. on March 19, Richmond Police Officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 2700 block of Lambert’s Avenue. A victim, later identified as a Henrico County Sheriff’s Deputy, was found in a residence suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He underwent life saving surgery but remains in critical condition.

The suspect was quickly identified as Theron Donte Shackleford, 33, of Richmond. He was charged with attempted murder and use of a firearm in the shooting.

Marshals and Richmond Detectives worked around the clock March 20 and tracked Shackleford and an associate to a Cary apartment.

Shackleford was arrested just before 11 p.m. on March 20 by the U.S. Marshals Eastern North Carolina Violent Fugitive Task Force with assistance from the Cary Police Department Emergency Response Team and the Wake County Sheriff’s Officer Tactical Response Team after a brief standoff.

“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.

Questions regarding the victim can be directed to Henrico County Sheriff Michael L. Wade.

The USMS has a long history of providing assistance and expertise to other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in support of their fugitive investigations. The USMS is the lead agency for eight Congressionally-funded regional fugitive task forces. These task forces, staffed by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, target the most dangerous fugitives.

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