Virginia Man Fatally Shot in Front of Fiancée by Woman’s Estranged Husband


After a daylong manhunt, law enforcement arrested a 25-year-old man accused of shooting his estranged wife’s fiancé as the couple and her three children walked through a shopping plaza on Monday, officials said.

Shortly before 2 p.m., Zane Christian approached Rico Turner, 27, and allegedly shot him in the parking lot of Lakeside Shopping Center in Salem, Virginia, according to a Salem Police press release obtained by PEOPLE.

When police arrived, Turner was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Christian fled the scene and multiple law enforcement agencies began working together to find him.

Zane Christian

“After investigating the scene, Salem Police filed charges against Christian that included Malicious Wounding, Reckless Handling of a Firearm and three counts of Child Neglect,” police stated in its release. “The Felony Murder charge was added after Mr. Turner’s passing.”

Police added that the three counts of child neglect were filed because three children were present at the time of the shooting.

The following day, shortly before noon, the U.S. Marshals and its Task Force officers in neighboring West Virginia arrested Christian without incident, they stated in a separate press release.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Elaine Aradillas

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