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Suspect arrested, another wanted in fatal shooting at Chesterfield truck stop

Posted at 3:23 PM, May 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-02 23:35:30-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Chesterfield County Police have arrested one man and are still looking for another man in a fatal shooting that happened in the parking lot of a Pilot Travel Center on Sunday.

Just after 6 p.m. on Sunday, police responded to multiple calls about a shooting at the travel center. On their arrival, officers located a victim, identified as Keon Clanton, 35, who was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Clanton, of Dinwiddie County, was brought to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Clanton's family is still in shock following his death. They said that he was an amazing father and would do anything for his kids.

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Police learned that a suspect vehicle fled the area after the shooting.

Shortly later, police responded to a car crash near the intersection of West Hundred Road and Route 1 involving the suspect vehicle. One suspect, Darnell S. White, 32, was taken into custody at the scene.

White was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is currently being held at the Chesterfield County Jail without bond.

"All murders are second degree as a default. If they have evidence of pre-meditation, it goes to first degree. If they don't, it can bump down to manslaughter," CBS6 Political Expert Todd Stone said.

White has faced first-degree murder charges before in August of 2019. Court resources show that White had multiple felonies, including murder nolle prossed. The Sussex County Sheriff's Office confirms that, saying witnesses backed out of testimony, pleading the Fifth Amendment in that case.

"Sometimes, people plea the Fifth because they're afraid to testify in a murder trial. So the fact that he's being held in this other case might give witnesses in the previous case the security they need to come forward. It's certainly a possibility," Stone said.

A second suspect fled the crash scene. Police shared a photo of the second man they're looking to question.

Pilot Travel Center shooting suspect

Police are still looking for this suspect who was seen on surveillance cameras in a mobile home community near the scene of the crash.

Anyone with information about this shooting and/or the location or identity of the second suspect should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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