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Mecklenburg authorities investigate deadly shooting

Mecklenburg authorities are investigating the shooting death of 43-year-old Charlene L. Rice of Boydton who was found slumped over in the driver’s side of a car parked on the south end of Mt. Ararat Road in Clarksville on Saturday.

Clarksville Police Officer Andy Elliot and Sgt. Brent Evans discovered the female had suffered a gunshot wound and contacted Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responding contacted the Sheriff’s Office CID Unit to assist in the investigation. 

According to a press release from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, the crime scene was processed, witness statements were taken, and the investigation is continuing. 

Rice’s body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. 

“This is a tragic incident as any are that involve the loss of life,” according to Sheriff R. W. Hawkins. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends. I would like to thank the dedicated law enforcement officers from both the sheriff’s office and Clarksville Police Department for the dedication and the pursuit of professionalism during this and all other incidents and the Mecklenburg Life Saving Station for its quick response and support during this devastating event. It idolizes the true meaning of teamwork that was displayed by all agencies, and that makes me proud to be a citizen here in Mecklenburg County,” Hawkins said.