Sterling

Trial Begins in Shooting of Deputy at Virginia Walmart

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The man suspected of shooting a sheriff’s deputy at a Virginia Walmart is on trial for attempted capital murder.

A suspected shoplifter opened fire at the store in Sterling Jan. 2, 2021, sending shoppers running and nearly costing Deputy Camron Gentry.

Steven Thodos is standing trial for attempted capital murder of Gentry and a second Loudoun County deputy. 

Gentry had been in the loss prevention office to deal with a suspected shoplifter – later identified as Thodos – when a second deputy arrived to help pat down the suspect and take him into custody.

Prosecutors say Thodos shoved both deputies to the ground, pulled out his gun and started shooting.

Gentry and two store loss prevention officers were hit with gunfire. Prosecutors say the other deputy, Charles Ewing, immediately began first aid, applying a tourniquet that helped save Gentry’s life.

In her opening statement, the prosecutor noted it was a day after New Year’s Day, when many people make resolutions. She said Gentry resolved to live.

Gentry left the hospital to cheers after weeks of treatment for his gunshot wounds.

While Gentry survived, the injuries to his legs are long lasting. He has difficulty walking and can no longer run. He will never return to his job as a deputy, prosecutors say.

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