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Man charged with murdering Danville woman in drug-related shooting

Victim identified as 43-year-old Lashanda Mecole Deshazo

A man is facing a second-degree murder charge in connection with a Danville woman's death.
A man is facing a second-degree murder charge in connection with a Danville woman's death.

DANVILLE, Va.LATEST

A Danville man is facing a murder charge in connection with a woman’s shooting death over the weekend.

35-year-old Raheem Supreme Chambliss is charged with second-degree murder in the Sunday morning homicide of Lashanda Deshazo.

Police arrested Chambliss on Sunday afternoon in Danville on unrelated charges. Authorities served the warrant for murder to Chambliss on Monday afternoon while he was being held in the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office Jail.

Police said Chambliss and Deshazo knew each other and the motive for the shooting was drug-related.

Police said they don’t have any reason to believe there are any other suspects at large in connection with Deshazo’s death.

Chambliss is still being held without bail in the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office Jail.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Danville Police Department at 434-793-0000 or submit a tip online.


UPDATE

A person of interest who police say was involved in the murder of a Danville woman over the weekend has been arrested, according to police.

Police say they arrested the person on unrelated charges, and authorities say the will identify the person if they are pressed with charges related to the homicide or if releasing their identity doesn’t compromise the investigation.

The victim was identified as 43-year-old Lashanda Mecole Deshazo, a Danville City resident. Deshazo’s body will be taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for an autopsy.

Danville Police responded to a reported shooting in the 800 block of Buford Street around 3:22 a.m. Sunday morning. Upon arrival, they discovered a deceased female suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

This is the fifth homicide in the City of Danville this year.


ORIGINAL STORY

Danville Police say a woman was shot to death early Sunday morning.

The victim was identified as 43-year-old Lashanda Mecole Deshazo, a Danville City resident. Deshazo’s body will be taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for an autopsy.

Danville Police responded to a reported shooting in the 800 block of Buford Street around 3:22 a.m. Sunday morning. Upon arrival, they discovered a deceased female suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

This is the fifth homicide in the City of Danville this year.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Danville Crimestoppers at (434) 793-0000, or via our crime tips line on your computer at crimetips@ci.danville.va.us. Information given will remain confidential.

Citizens who contact Crimestoppers by telephone may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

The investigation is ongoing.


About the Authors:

Lindsey joined the WSLS 10 team as a reporter in February 2019 and is thrilled to call Roanoke her new home!