Police: Portsmouth man wanted for murder after bystander fatally shot trying to intervene in domestic issue


HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A Portsmouth man is wanted for murder after a bystander was shot and killed while trying to intervene in a domestic issue Thursday night in Hampton, police say.

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Police say 20-year-old Deshawn Powell, of Newport News, was shot around 7:20 p.m. in the 200 block of East Mercury Blvd. He was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he later died.

Police say the man was shot following an altercation and identified the suspect on Friday as 22-year-old Jaylin Divyne Avery. He has warrants out for murder, use of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and reckless handling of a firearm.

Authorities say Avery should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hampton Police Division at 757–727–6111 or the Crime Line at 1–888-LOCK-U-UP. Tipsters can also send an anonymous tip by visiting our secure tip form at P3Tips.com.

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