Suspect arrested for Fremont Street homicide

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A man wanted in connection with a deadly shooting in Norfolk Friday evening is now behind bars.

Norfolk Police announced Monday afternoon that they arrested Lawrence Brown Saturday without incident, on charges of 2nd degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and attempted malicious wounding. Brown remains in the Norfolk City Jail.

Lawrence Brown (Photo courtesy: Norfolk Police)
Lawrence Brown (Photo courtesy: Norfolk Police)

Police identified 31-year-old Deandre Raynor as the victim who was shot and killed at the intersection of O’Keefe and Fremont Street on April 22.

The chaotic scene happened around 7 p.m., just blocks away from an unrelated barricade situation that was also unfolding with Norfolk Police. Raynor was found in the street with a gunshot wound and died after being taken to the hospital.

While investigating, police say they encountered a 45-year-old man with a gun standing near the homicide victim. An officer confronted the man, who was then shot by the officer. The man was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He is expected to survive his injuries. The Norfolk officer was not injured in the incident.

The officer involved as been placed on paid administrative duty, according to Norfolk Police PIO Daniel Hudson. The officer has been with NPD for three years.

Police have not released the name of the man shot by police, but Raynor’s girlfriend told WAVY.com it was Raynor’s brother.

Virginia State Police have been called to investigate this officer-involved shooting.

Family and friends gathered at a memorial to remember Raynor on April 24. His sister Emma Brown told 10 On Your Side’s Brandi Cummings, “He was not just somebody that was out here in the neighborhood and got shot in the street. He was loved and he was loving. He loved everybody that knew him.”

Back at the growing memorial on Monday, Raynor’s girlfriend, Shakeda Brehon, sat, refusing to leave.

“I’m going to be out here everyday until I can’t no more. I just feel like, when I leave, I’m leaving him,” she told 10 On Your Side’s Brandi Cummings.

Brehon said Raynor was a father of three and had a grandchild. She also said he was a loving man who was always smiling.

“I was with him from the time I woke up, everyday, every night. All day we were together, its just crazy that he’s gone,” she said.

Brehon said Raynor had been in a fight Friday, then someone told her there had been a shooting. She said she will never forget what she saw next.

“I knew he was already dead when I came around the corner, he wasn’t moving,” Brehon said.

Stay with WAVY News 10 and WAVY.com for the latest on this developing story.

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