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Posted on: November 15, 2020

Suspect Arrested Following Homicide on Orangedale Avenue

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 15, 2020


On November 14, 2020, at approximately 2111 hours, Charlottesville Police Officers responded to the 800 block of Orangedale Avenue for the report of a single gunshot heard in the area.  When they arrived, officers located a male laying on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound.  Officers performed CPR until rescue personnel arrived.  

The victim, Tiewan Levert Benston, a 41-year-old resident of Charlottesville, was transported to UVA Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.  The Charlottesville Police Department would like to extend condolences to the family and friends of Tiewan Benston.

A suspect description was broadcast to other officers in the area.  An officer spotted the suspect a short distance from the scene and he was arrested.   Bryan Garick Hatcher, a 44-year-old resident of Albemarle County is charged with the following:

  • 2nd Degree murder, Virginia State Code 18.2-32
  • Possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony, Virginia State Code 18.2-308.2
  • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, Virginia State Code 18.2-53.1

Hatcher is being held at the Albemarle/Charlottesville Regional Jail pending an initial court appearance in Charlottesville General District Court on Monday.

A charge does not constitute evidence of guilt. Every person is entitled to a presumption of innocence until their guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

If anyone has information related to this case, please contact Detective Corporal A. Blank of the Charlottesville Police Department at (434) 970-3985.

Media Contact
Tyler Hawn
Public Information Officer
Charlottesville Police Department
434-409-3439
hawnto@charlottesville.gov

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