Suspect arrested in shooting of Loudoun County man

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A West Virginia man has been arrested and charged with the murder of a Loudoun County man. Dale Lee Wright, 50, of Charles Town, W.Va., will appear in Clarke County pending extradition from West Virginia.

Wright faces charges of first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is accused of shooting Jeffrey B. Evans, 72, of Bluemont, Va., Sunday as the two met in a gravel lot on Castleman Road for a business transaction they had prearranged.

During the course of their meeting, an altercation ensued and Evans was shot by Wright, police said. Evans was able to drive away from the lot, but then crashed at the intersection of Castleman Road and Route 7 at approximately 11:24 a.m. Wright was seen by several motorists on Route 7 running on foot over to Evans’ pickup truck after it crashed. Wright then fled the scene.

Evans succumbed to his injuries at the scene. His remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Manassas for examination and autopsy.

The West Virginia State Police, Pennsylvania State Police, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Clarke County Sheriff’s Office have been assisting VSP with the investigation.

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