Man charged in connection with Spotsylvania County homicide

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'Senseless act of violence'

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va (WRIC) — Authorities have made an arrest in connection with a Monday night homicide in Spotsylvania County.

The deadly shooting occurred just after 9 p.m. in the 9900 block of Matti Hill Court. When they arrived at the scene, deputies say they found a man, later identified as 18-year-old James M. Wallin, who had been shot dead.

Minutes later, another man — who had been shot multiple times — arrived at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. He was transported to another area hospital in critical condition.

Detectives later determined that two individuals in a sedan arrived on Matti Hill Court at approximately 8:40 p.m., and one of them — the driver — began assaulting Wallin. That led to an exchange of gunfire between the two individuals, according to police.

Both individuals suffered gunshot wounds. The passenger of the sedan exited the vehicle to help the driver back inside. The driver and the sedan were later located at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. The driver was said to be in stable condition at the hospital.

Based on the evidence and witnesses’ accounts, detectives consulted with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and have since charged 32-year-old Augustus A. Rhodes, of Spotsylvania County, with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. ‘

Further charges are pending upon the conclusion of the investigation. Detectives are still investigating the motive for the crime and the identity of the second occupant of the vehicle and consider that person as a witness.

“This senseless act of violence has created heartache for the Wallin family and the Spotsylvania community,” Sheriff Roger Harris said.

Be sure to stay with 8News for updates on this developing story.

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