Sept. 7, 2021
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – Chesterfield County Police have arrested one suspect and are seeking two others in relation to a shooting that occurred in the 5600 block of Handel Court at about 9:15 p.m. on Monday Sept. 6, 2021.
When officers arrived, they found an adult male in the parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound. Moments later, police found another adult male shooting victim in a nearby apartment. Both victims were transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The victims reported that unknown suspects had knocked on their front door and forced their way inside when the door was opened. The suspects took items from the victims; when one of the victims resisted, one of the suspects began firing a gun. The suspects then fled the apartment. The victims were able to provide suspect descriptions to police.
A responding officer saw a male in the area of the 5400 block of Belmont Road who matched the description of one of the suspects. The officer attempted to stop out with him, but the male immediately fled. The male, identified as Archer Witcher Jr., 21, was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit.
Following investigation, Witcher, of the 11500 block of Bailey Woods Drive in Chesterfield, was arrested and charged with two counts of malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, breaking and entering, and two counts of obstruction of justice. He is currently being held at the Chesterfield County Jail without bond.
Police continue to seek two additional suspects in relation to this shooting. One suspect is described as a black male, about 18-20 years old and 5 feet 6 inches tall; he had a slender build, was wearing all black and had a knife. The other suspect is described as a black male, about 18-20 years old and 5 feet 4 inches tall; he had a slender build and was wearing a red shirt.
Police continue to investigate this incident and urge anyone with information to contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.
Photo: Booking photo of Archer Witcher Jr.