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Suspect captured who allegedly fled deputies in Courtland

A Sedley man allegedly fled members of the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office on the afternoon of Aug. 3 in Courtland, leading to a manhunt that ended in his arrest about three hours later.

Trevor Carter

According to a sheriff’s office press release, a Southampton County deputy saw a male subject that he believed to have active warrants in the parking lot of the Shands Shopping Center in Courtland around 2:54 p.m. Aug. 3. The deputy approached the individual, who then allegedly began giving him false identity information. 

That suspect, later identified as Trevor Carter, 31, of Sedley, allegedly ran away from the deputy and went into the woods behind the shopping center, the sheriff’s office stated. Deputies were able to quickly get the area surrounded, and two K-9 teams were deployed. 

“While the K-9 units were still tracking the individual, the sheriff’s office received a call that the man had been spotted in the area of Main Street and Captain John Road,” officials said in the release.

Deputies were near that location and spotted Carter, who ran back into the woods where deputies were able to arrest him behind a residence on East Circle, the release added. The subject was taken into custody without further incident. He was arrested at approximately 5:40 p.m.

The sheriff’s office stated Carter was booked on an outstanding charge of failure to appear on a felony offense, and he was also charged with obstruction of justice and providing false identity to a law enforcement officer. He is being held in Southampton County Jail with no bond.

“We would like to thank the Courtland Police Department and the Virginia State Police for their assistance during this incident,” sheriff’s office officials said in the release. “We would also especially like to thank the citizen who called in when they saw Carter come out of the woods.”