Police arrest suspect in death of York County teen

YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 17-year-old male in connection to the death of 17-year-old Dylan Peters.

On Thursday morning, the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office confirmed they had arrested the suspect Wednesday night without incident. The 17-year-old male was charged with second degree murder, attempted robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is being held in the Merrimac Detention Center.

Lt. Dennis Ivey confirmed the Tuesday afternoon shooting in the 200 block of Cattail Lane was not a random event.

WAVY/Jason Marks
WAVY/Jason Marks

“It’s a shame when any person loses their life, especially somebody as young as him,” TJ Tillman told WAVY.com at the scene Tuesday night. “I am really upset, because he was my friend. I’ve known him forever.”

York-Poquoson deputies said Dylan Peters was shot several times inside the home he shares with his mother and 20-year-old disabled sister. Deputies confirmed there was a conversation between Peters and the suspect at the front door of the home. Then there was a struggle when Peters tried to close the door. Authorities said several shots were then fired through the front door.

First responders rushed to the scene and then rushed Peters to a nearby hospital where he passed away.

Deputies believe the victim and suspect knew each other.

“Where are they getting all these guns?” said neighbor Joe Davis. “If it could happen here, it could happen where I live. I am terrified.”

“It is very disturbing,” said neighbor Branson Mathesion. “My kids … we had planned to go rollerblading this afternoon and we would have gone right past there. It is very disturbing this kind of thing is going on.”

Cattail Lane residents stood outside as police lights lit up the street and crime scene tape was wrapped around their neighbor’s home. Friends told WAVY.com Peters was involved with the wrong crowd and they feared for his safety.

“I told him I wasn’t going to have a part of it, and it was going to get him killed,” Tillman said. “He started going down hill. I tried to stop him. I’m definitely going to miss him.”

Grief counselors were at Tabb High School Wednesday.

No further information has been released by the sheriff’s office. Anyone with information that could help the investigation is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.

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