Search continues for person of interest after man shot, killed in Bassett

Henry County Sheriff’s Office investigating it as a homicide

TOP LEFT: Douglas Hampton Gillespie. Mugshot laid over an image of the crime scene from June 5, 2020. (Image Credit: Luis Romero) (Luis Romero)

BASSETT, Va. – Authorities continue searching for a person of interest after a man was shot and later died in Bassett on Friday night.

Deputies responded to a call of someone shot in an apartment on Grace Drive around 10:40 p.m.

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They found Robert Williams, 39, of Bassett, who had been shot multiple times.

Deputies performed life-saving measures but Williams was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office is trying to find a person of interest, Douglas Gillespie, 25, of Bassett.

Authorities said they have already found the other “parties of interest” in the investigation.

On Monday, the Sheriff’s Office announced that the medical examiner’s office determined the cause of death to be gunshot wounds and the manner of death has been ruled a homicide.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751 or Crime Stoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463).

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