Man wanted for shooting estranged wife in Chesterfield

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Joshua Matthew Federico

UPDATE (8/26/18): Police have arrested Joshua Federico. ]


CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Chesterfield police are searching for a man they say shot his estranged wife and may have injured her boyfriend.

Joshua Matthew Federico, 44, is wanted for critically injuring his estranged wife, Sarah Grove Federico, in an early morning shooting at Sarah’s home on Second Branch Road.

The victim lived at the home with her boyfriend, 38-year-old Lawrence J. Howell. Howell is missing, but police said they believe he may have also been injured during the incident. His current whereabouts and condition are unknown.

Police are now actively searching for Joshua Federico, a Navy veteran. Chesterfield Police have obtained warrants on him for malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Police initially had Federico’s home — located not far from the shooting scene on Black Road — surrounded for more than three hours Friday morning.

Friday afternoon, the investigation shifted to S. Federico’s home Second Branch Road where police were originally dispatched to at around 3:30 a.m. for a reported shooting

When officers arrived there, they found S. Federico suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to police.

An 8News crew on scene said roughly a dozen Chesterfield Police marked and unmarked vehicles have been traveling back and forth from the two homes on Second Branch Road and Black Road.

At one point Friday morning police, K9 units and a helicopter were all searching for a suspect, whose whereabouts are unknown.

Black Road remains shut down from River Road to Winterpock Road.

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