UPDATE: Dearing Street break-in suspect is out of hospital and now in jail

Darrell Saunders, Jr.

One of two people who was shot while allegedly breaking into a Dearing Street home in Lynchburg last week now faces more than a half-dozen burglary, robbery and firearms charges. 18-year-old Darrell Saunders, Jr. had been hospitalized, but police say he been released from care and is now in jail. The other person shot during the break-in was killed.

From Lynchburg Police: On 05/22/2017 Darrell Jermaine Saunders Jr., age 18 of Lynchburg was arrested and charged with the following regarding this incident: – 18.2-89 – Burglary while armed with a deadly weapon – 18.2-26 – Attempted Robbery – 18.2-53.1 – Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (burglary) – 18.2-53.1 – Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (robbery) – 18.2-22 – Conspiracy to commit Burglary – 18.2-22 – Conspiracy to commit Robbery – 18.2-57 – Assault and Battery Saunders was transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail where he is being held without bond.

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UPDATE FROM Lynchburg Police: On 05/16/2017 the Lynchburg Police Department was notified that subject # 1 who has been identified as Dedric Shyheim Megginson age 18 of Lynchburg has succumbed to his injuries.  Subject # 2, who has been identified as Darrell Jermaine Saunders Jr., age 18 of Lynchburg is listed in serious, but stable condition and is being treated at Lynchburg General Hospital. At this time, investigative findings indicate this incident is isolated and is not a random act.  There is no indication that there is any on-going danger to the community as related to this incident.

From The Lynchburg Police Department: On 05/15/2017, at 9:41 pm the Lynchburg Police Department (LPD) responded to a reported burglary in progress at 807 Dearing St. The caller stated that someone was trying to rob their residence and shots had been fired inside the home. Upon officer’s arrival, they found one adult male subject lying in the yard and a second adult male subject lying in the doorway to the residence. Both subjects were suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The Lynchburg Fire Department responded to scene and once secured, transported both subjects to the Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment of critical injuries. The LPD Criminal Investigations Division and Forensics Unit were notified and responded to the scene on Dearing St. and to LGH. After consulting with the Commonwealth Attorney’s office, no charges have been placed at this time. All parties are cooperating and the investigation is ongoing.

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