Virginia Man Fatally Shot By Fiancée’s Estranged Husband, Suspect Arrested and Charged With Felony Murder

According to officials, a Virginia man was fatally shot by his fianceé’s estranged husband as the couple and her three children walked through a shopping plaza on Monday.

According to a Salem Police press release obtained by PEOPLE, Zane Christian approached Rico Turner, 27. He allegedly shot him in a shopping center in Salem, Virginia, on Monday, shortly before 2 pm.

Turner was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Christian had fled the scene by the time police arrived. Multiple law enforcement agencies began their search to find him.

“After investigating the scene, Salem Police filed charges against Christian that included Malicious Wounding, Reckless Handling of a Firearm, and three counts of Child Neglect,” police stated in its release. “The Felony Murder charge was added after Mr. Turner’s passing.”

The 25-year-old was arrested by the U.S. Marshals and its Task Force officers in West Virginia. “Christian is currently in custody in Jackson County, West Virginia, awaiting extradition back to Virginia,” the release stated.

According to an arrest warrant obtained by TV station WSLS, Christian allegedly used Snapchat while on the run. “Sgt. Miller has personally observed a recent Snapchat video where this user posted a video talking about sniping people,” the warrant stated, according to the news station.

According to Rico Turner’s Facebook, he was expecting a baby girl in February with Fianceé, Emily Franklin. Turner also had a son from a previous relationship.

 

Rico Turner
Image Credit: Emily Franklin’s Facebook (Rico Turner and Emily Franklin)

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