4 men arrested after deputy assaulted with fire extinguisher

1 person at large, deputies say

By Dawn Jorgenson - Web - News Editor
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Clockwise (beginning with top left): Kaeylan Carter, Zachery Conner, Daveon Finney, Christopher Harr

HENRY COUNTY, Va. - Four men were arrested Wednesday after vandalizing a building and assaulting a deputy, the Henry County Sheriff's Office said.

According to the Sheriff's Office, occupants in a vehicle driving past a deputy on patrol in the Fieldale area around 2:25 a.m. discharged a dry chemical fire extinguisher into the deputy's vehicle and sped away.

Deputies said the suspect vehicle was found a short time later in the 5000 block of River Road after having been involved in a single-vehicle crash, and had been abandoned by the suspects.

The Sheriff's Office said four suspects were found a short time later and taken into custody, but a fifth remains at large.

During their investigation, deputies said they discovered the suspects had broken into Victory International Ministries at 100 Marshall Way, took fire extinguishers from inside the building and used them to damage the building and a food bank that's located inside the building.

Deputies said the suspects also stole computer equipment, food items and the extinguishers.

The four men were identified as Zachery T. Conner, 20; Kaeylan A. Carter, 22; Christopher Harr, 19; and Daveon M. Finney, 18. They are all charged with assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, malicious bodily injury by means of a caustic substance, breaking and entering and petit larceny. They are all being held in the Henry County Jail without bail.

The deputy who was assaulted was taken to Sovah Health Martinsville, where he was treated and released for minor injuries to his eyes and respiratory system.

 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 276-638-8751.

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