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Suspect wanted for shooting, killing man in Bassett turns himself in

Updated: Nov 22, 2021

BASSETT, VA – The man wanted in connection to a deadly shooting in Bassett over the weekend has turned himself in.

Saturday at around 8:18 p.m., authorities received a call that a man had been shot in the parking lot of 950 Blackberry Road.

Five minutes later, deputies arrived at the scene and found Lewis Javon Rumley, 41, of Hardin Road in Fieldale, lying on the ground.

Rumley suffered at least one gunshot wound to the torso and died at the scene, according to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation shows that Rumley and Dewayne Euvonne Austin Jr., 20, agreed to meet on Blackberry Road.

The sheriff's office said both men exited their vehicles and Austin shot Rumley.

Austin, of Niblett Drive in Martinsville, turned himself in Sunday at around 11 p.m.

Arrest warrants for first degree murder and use of a firearm during the commission of first degree murder were served on him.

He is being held in the Henry County Jail without bond.

Anyone having information regarding this homicide is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 276-632-7463.

The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2.500.00 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.

Dewayne Euvonne Austin Jr.

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