On August 16, 2017, at 2:25 am Deputy J. M. Duffy was on patrol in the Fieldale area of Henry County. While traveling on River Rd. Deputy Duffy observed a vehicle traveling toward him. As the two vehicles passed each other, the occupants of the passing vehicle discharged a dry chemical fire extinguisher into the open window of Deputy Duffy’s patrol vehicle.
After discharging the fire extinguisher the suspect vehicle accelerated away at a high rate of speed. The suspect vehicle was located in the 5000 block of River Rd. where it had been involved in a single vehicle crash. The occupants had fled on foot. After a short search of the area, four occupants were located and taken into custody without incident. A fifth suspect who has not been identified remains at large.
Through the course of the investigation, it was discovered that the occupants of the vehicle had broken into Victory International Ministries located at 100 Marshall Way, Fieldale, VA. While inside of Victory International Ministries the suspects took fire extinguishers from inside of the building and used them to damage the building and a food bank that’s located inside. In addition to the vandalism, they stole computer equipment, food items, and fire extinguishers. There is no estimate on the damage at this time.
The suspects have been identified as Zachery T. Conner, 20, of 41 Meadowgreen Dr., Apt. T11, Kaeylan A. Carter, 22, of 1113 Meadow Green Dr., Bassett, VA, Christopher Harr, 19, of 4971 Dyers Store Rd., Martinsville, VA, Daveon M. Finney, 18, of 141 Westfield Ln., Bassett, VA.
Each of the four suspects has been charged with assault and battery on a law enforcement officer (felony), malicious bodily injury by means of a caustic substance (felony), breaking and entering (felony) and petit larceny (misdemeanor). All four of the suspects are currently being held in the Henry County Jail without bond.
Deputy Duffy went to the emergency room at Sovah Health Martinsville where he was treated and released for minor injuries to his eyes and respiratory system.
This incident remains under investigation. Anyone having information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2500.00 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.