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Man charged in Emporia nightclub shooting that left one dead, officer injured

Posted at 9:01 AM, Dec 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-07 17:35:18-05

EMPORIA, Va. -- A man has been arrested and charged after a nightclub shooting in Emporia that left one man dead and a police officer wounded Sunday morning.

Police arrested 26-year-old Christopher Rayshawn Powell of Ivor and charged him with the murder of George Cain III of Emporia. He is being held without bond.

Emporia suspect

26-year-old Christopher Rayshawn Powell

Emporia Police Chief Ricky Pinksaw told CBS 6 that the incident started around 1:50 a.m. when Powell and Cain began arguing at the Smoove Operators night club on North Main Street. Pinksaw said that is when Powell pulled out a gun and shot Cain in the torso.

Cain was rushed to Southern Virginia Regional Hospital where he later died.

Emporia Shooting

Pinksaw said officer William King was in the process of arresting Powell when he was shot in the leg. He was also rushed to Southern Virginia Regional Hospital before being med-flighted to VCU Medical Center, where he is currently listed as being in stable condition.

Cain's family reached out to CBS 6 and said that he is the second son his mother lost to violent crimes in the past few years.

George T. Cain III. Family photo.

George T. Cain III. Family photo.

They said Cain graduated Greensville County High in 2012 and had a job and a family.

"He was a hard working respectful young man who valued his family and his children," said his cousin Marcus Broadnax. "He was always there to give advice and steer other young people in the right direction of decision making he left behind 3 children and a wife with one child on the way."

Police are still searching for the person responsible for shooting officer King and are asking anyone with information to call the Emporia Police at 434-634-2121.