HALIFAX COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A teenager was taken into custody on a murder charge after multiple law enforcement agencies were called out to a report of a shooting in Halifax County Tuesday night.
According to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, a 911 call came in about a shooting in the 4000 Block of Mountain Road in Halifax.
Officials tell WFXR News that members of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, Halifax Police Department, Virginia State Police, Halifax County/South Boston Task Force, and Halifax County Rescue responded to the call.
When authorities arrived, they say they found a woman lying on the front porch of the home with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. She died from her injuries.
As a result of the investigation, 19-year-old Austen Tyler Carson — who lived at the Mountain Road home — was charged with second-degree murder, but the sheriff’s office says more charges are pending.
Carson is reportedly being held without bond at the Halifax County Adult Detention Center.
Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark says that a deputy from the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, as well as his canine unit, assisted with the incident, which led to the discovery of firearms in a wooded area next to the house. One of those guns is believed to have been used in the shooting.
The Virginia State Police Bureau of Investigations helped process the crime scene and collect evidence, according to officials.
“I would like to thank everyone who assisted in the investigation with the outstanding teamwork to apprehend the individual responsible for this incident,” Clark stated.
If you have any information about Tuesday night’s deadly shooting, you are asked to call Investigator Jeff Burton or Investigator Sam Edmonds at 434-476-3339.