CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Chesapeake police have arrested a man following a homicide that was originally called in as a domestic situation Monday morning.

According to police, officers responded to the call around 9:30 a.m. Monday in the 600 block of Willow Oak Drive.

When they got to the scene, police learned that a woman, identified as 44-year-old Kathryn Kathleen Dean, had been shot and killed inside the home. She was the estranged wife of the suspect, police say.

The active scene turned into a tactical situation before being cleared by the Chesapeake police SWAT team.

After further investigation, police identified 46-year-old Ben Matthew Wynkoop as a person of interest in the homicide. A short while later, they charged Wynkoop with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Court documents show a protective order was served against Wynkoop March 23 at 10:10 a.m. It ordered Wynkoop to stay away from the Willow Oak Drive address and named a mutual friend who would help transfer Wynkoop’s personal property to another location.

Police said Wynkoop was considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Around 5 p.m. Monday, Chesapeake police said Wynkoop had been arrested in Currituck County during a traffic stop just before 5 p.m.

Wynkoop will be booked into the Currituck County Jail and then extradited back to Virginia.

Ben Wynkoop’s mugshot (Courtesy of Currituck County Jail)

Chesapeake detectives were on the way to Currituck County as of 5:20 p.m. to follow up on the investigation.

The Currituck County Sheriff’s Office said they received information that Wynkoop was within their jurisdiction around 10 a.m. Monday.

The sheriff’s office received a report that Wynkoop had left a Moyock home and was not willing to cooperate with authorities.

Around 4 p.m., the sheriff’s office located Wynkoop’s vehicle coming into Currituck. Authorities “performed a vehicle takedown” and took Wynkoop into custody near Poyners Road.

46-year-old Ben Matthew Wynkoop, April 4, 2022 (Photo courtesy: Chesapeake police)

No further information has been released.

Those with information are encouraged to submit a tip via P3 tips or call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. 

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