Police: Military member shot fellow service member in Portsmouth


PORTSMOUTH, Va (WAVY) — An active duty military member died after being shot by a fellow service member Sunday night off Atlanta Avenue, Portsmouth police say. 

Portsmouth Police said officers were called to the road around 9:30 p.m. and found 23-year-old Donald Thorington with serious injuries to his torso. Thorington, of Michigan, was taken to the hospital but later pronounced dead, police announced Monday night. 

After an investigation, detectives charged 21-year-old Dalen O. Spence with first degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Police say Spence is also active duty and was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon by Navy Police. 

Dalen O. Spence

The shooting happened less than 24 hours after a deadly triple shooting involving three service members less than one mile away on Effingham Street. 

Anyone with information about either shooting is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. 

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