Suspect in Lynchburg restaurant shooting death taken into custody
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: The restaurant will be closed until further notice, according to a post made on its Facebook page.
UPDATE: Suspect Derek Lewis was taken into custody around 2 p.m. Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida at the Jacksonville International Airport, according to Lynchburg Police.
He is being held in the state pending extradition proceedings.
“LPD thanks the many citizens who cooperated with detectives working this investigation and/or provided tips on Lewis’ whereabouts. We would also like to thank our local law enforcement partners, the United States Marshals Service, Jacksonville Police Department and Jacksonville Airport Police for their assistance.”
EARLIER STORY: The Lynchburg Police Department has identified the name of the suspect in Friday night’s homicide at Iron and Ale Restaurant on Cornerstone Street.
Derek Allen Lewis, 31, is wanted in connection with the shooting death of Tyler Shane Johnson, 28. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him is urged to call 911 immediately and not approach him.
Charges against Lewis include Second-degree murder, Use of a firearm in commission of a felony, Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and Concealed Weapon.
Lewis was last reported seen wearing a red shirt and red pants, driving a black 2017 Ford Escape bearing Virginia license plates 9157VH. Police described him as white with a reddish/brown beard, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with a white and yellow design on the front. He was wearing a backwards baseball hat, dark long shorts and dark tennis shoes “with a white check.”
Lynchburg Police responded around 9:15 p.m. Friday to a report of shots fired at the restaurant. Other callers reported a man had been shot. People at the restaurant worked with first responders to apply life-saving measures to Johnson, but were unsuccessful.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call 434-455-6102.
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