Pittsylvania County deputies issue warning about wanted man

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) -- UPDATE:

The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office is urging residents in Pittsylvania County, especially the north eastern section, to secure their homes, outbuildings, campers, unattended vehicles and any type of structure that may provide shelter for Hamlett.

The Sheriff's Office is also urging those who are hunting in the area to secure their vehicles and to make sure not to leave any firearms unattended in their vehicles.

Deputies say a resident reported an unknown man on their property that matched the behavior of Hamlett. Officials searched the area and believe the sighting was consistent with his description.

Deputies say if you see Hamlett, do not approach him and call 911 or 434-432-7931.

A reward of up to $1000 is being offered from Pittsylvania County Crimestoppers for information leading to Hamlett's arrest and conviction.

ORIGINAL:

The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office needs your help in conducting a search for 34-year-old Antone Lemont Hamlett.

According to a release from the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office, Hamlett is described as a black male, weighing approximately 185 pounds and standing about 5'11" tall.

Hamlett is a person of interest in a malicious wounding incident that occurred in Halifax County early on Tuesday, the release said.

Hamlett's vehicle was found abandoned off U.S. Highway 29 this afternoon just south of the Gretna exit.

Authorities believe Hamlett is on foot.

If anyone has any information regarding Hamlett's whereabouts, authorities ask that you notify your nearest law enforcement agency.