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Police: Suspect dies from apparent suicide

Warrants charging robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and petit larceny were issued against three individuals Wednesday following an armed robbery that occurred earlier that afternoon at a River Road residence in South Boston.

According to Captain David Martin of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, the ongoing armed robbery investigation led deputies to believe one of the alleged perpetrators, 27-year-old Daniel Wayne Short of Halifax, was at a house in the 3000 block of Mountain Road in Halifax.

As deputies attempted to serve warrants on Short, they heard a single gunshot fired from the house. Seconds later they found Short suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Emergency medical technicians and Halifax County Rescue Squad were summoned, Martin said, but efforts to save Short were unsuccessful “due to the extent of his injuries.”

Short was pronounced dead at the scene, and his body was transported to the office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for autopsy.

Short was a suspect in a home invasion and armed robbery that had occurred shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday on River Road in South Boston, according to South Boston Police Detective R. E. Redd.

When South Boston police officers responded to the residence for a report of a robbery, the victim said he was held at gunpoint by a white male, while another white male took property belonging to him including a gaming console and controller.

The victim reported that three people, two males and a juvenile female, fled the scene in a blue SUV.

Shortly after the robbery occurred, Halifax County Deputy S. Britton spotted a vehicle matching the description on Union Church Road near its intersection with Old Mill Road.

According to Redd, county deputies were joined by South Boston Police officers and Virginia State Police officers converging at a residence on Old Mill Road where the suspect vehicle was found shortly after being spotted by Britton.

A subsequent search of that residence later revealed items related to the robbery, Redd said.

Warrants were then issued for Short and Dylan Taylor Goodson along with petitions being issued against the juvenile charging robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and petit larceny.

The juvenile has been transported to W. W. Moore Detention Facility in Danville.

Police continue to search for Goodson. Anyone having information as to his whereabouts or any other information concerning this crime is asked to contact Detective Redd at the South Boston Police Department at 434-575-4271, the E-911 Center at 434-476-3334 or the Crime Line at 434-476-8445.