Sheriff: Suspect caught after domestic incident in Caroline County

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27-year-old should be considered 'armed and dangerous'

UPDATE: Deputies have captured the suspect in Maryland.


CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A suspect is on the run after an alleged domestic incident in Caroline County that put several area schools on lockdown on Thursday morning.

The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident that occurred in the Caroline Pines neighborhood. Elementary schools in the area were placed on lockdown as a precaution; that lockdown has since been lifted.

Police are searching for Ricky A. Heinbaugh, Jr., a 27-year-old white male. He is 5’8, 150 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes and tattoos on his neck. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans and is believed to be in the Woodford area of Fredericksburg Turnpike.

CCSO believes the suspect is armed with a handgun, as the argument between him and his girlfriend resulted in shots being fired. Authorities said Heinbaugh’s girlfriend was not shot during the incident and that Heinbaugh left the scene in a vehicle.

“We later determined that he got a ride from a family member and was dropped off in the Route 2 area where we are now,” Major Scott Moser with Caroline County Sheriff’s Office told 8News. “We put out dogs to different locations where we thought he may have gotten out of the car.”

Virginia State Police has a helicopter above the area as they assist in the search.

“We are concerned for the safety of all individuals and all the citizens in this community. We want to do everything we can possible to find this individual and resolve the situation safely,” Moser continued. “If anybody sees him, report it to law enforcement right away. We believe he is currently armed with a pistol.”

Police advise the public not to approach the suspect if witnessed and are urged to call the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 633-5400 or 911.

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