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Virginia man found after escaping from deputy custody wearing handcuffs

Posted at 12:24 PM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 23:37:39-05

BUCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. – The man who escaped from the custody of Buckingham County deputies while handcuffed Wednesday night has been found and taken into custody.

Carl “Buster” Edward Shifflett, 45, escaped from deputies while at the Buckingham County Courthouse at approximately 10:00 p.m.

Deputies say Shifflett fled on foot and lost deputies who gave chase in the wood line just west of the courthouse off of Route 60.

Investigators believed that Shifflett was picked up by an accomplice driving a vehicle.

Shifflett was in custody for non-violent misdemeanor offenses. He has several outstanding warrants from Albemarle and Buckingham Counties; seven (7) misdemeanors and two (2) felonies, according to the sheriff’s office.

Shifflett was reportedly spotted late Thursday afternoon after a citizen reported seeing him within a couple of miles of where he disappeared. Sheriff's deputies and tracking dogs were called to the area to try and find him.

After an exhaustive search through wooded terrain, he was apprehended around 5:30 p.m. without incident

Anyone who may have information to Mr. Shifflett’s whereabouts is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency or the Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office at 434-969-1772.