Suspect in custody after shooting that left one dead in Lynchburg

Authorities said it happened on Cornerstone Street Friday night

Derek Lewis is charged following a November shooting that left one dead in Lynchburg. (Credit: Blue Ridge Regional Jail – Lynchburg) (WSLS)


Derek Lewis was taken into custody in Jacksonville, Florida, around 2 p.m. Saturday, according to Lynchburg police.

Authorities say Lewis was taken into custody at the Jacksonville International Airport without incident and is being held in Florida, pending extradition proceedings.

UPDATE - 4:25 a.m.

Police are searching for Derek Lewis, 31, wanted in connection with the shooting death of Tyler Johnson, 28.

Lewis faces charges on file including:

  • Second-degree murder
  • Use of a firearm in commission of a felony
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Concealed Weapon

Authorities say Lewis was last seen wearing a red shirt and red pants and was operating a black 2017 Ford Escape with the VA license plates: 9157VH

Police say Lewis’s whereabouts are unknown at this time and he is considered armed and dangerous.

Lynchburg police say if Lewis is seen, call 911 immediately and do not approach.

Authorities ask anyone with information to contact Det. Dubie at (434) 455-6102 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter a tip online or use the P3 app on a mobile device.


The Lynchburg Police Department is searching for a man in connection with a murder on Cornerstone Street Friday night.

Police say around 9:11 p.m. Friday, officers went to 106 Cornerstone Street for the reports of shots fired.

Callers told police one man had been shot and the suspect ran away, according to the LPD.

We’re told first responders and bystanders at the scene attempted life-saving measures, but they were not successful.

LPD said their Forensic and Criminal Investigation Units responded to the scene to investigate the incident.

The suspect is described as a man with a reddish-brown beard, wearing a dark-colored hoodie with a white and yellow design on the front, a dark-colored baseball cap backward, dark-colored long shorts, and dark-colored tennis shoes with a white check.

LPD said the investigation is active and ongoing.

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