Arrest documents list Virginia's on King shooting suspect in ‘fair’ condition

Suspected gunman faces murder charges

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Charleston police remained posted outside Virginia's on King the day following the shooting - DUSTIN WATERS
  • Dustin Waters
  • Charleston police remained posted outside Virginia's on King the day following the shooting
The alleged gunman in last week’s hostage situation that left one dead was formally served an arrest warrant for the murder of Virginia’s on King Executive Chef Shane Whiddon. Shooting suspect Thomas Demetrius Burns, 53, was listed in fair condition last Friday, according to arrest documents provided by SLED, the agency currently investigating Whiddon’s death and the shot fired by police that ended the lengthy standoff.

Earlier this week, the Post and Courier reported that a SWAT team sniper was responsible for shooting and critically wounding Burns, according to the officer’s attorney. Burns was identified by police as the sole suspect in last Thursday’s shooting, having been described by authorities as a “disgruntled employee” of the restaurant.

Burns, whose criminal record shows a long history of violent crime, theft, drug charges, was transported to a local hospital. The following day, Burns received an arrest warrant for the murder of Shane Whiddon.

An arrest affidavit made public this week briefly describes the charges levelled against Burns, stating that “on Aug. 24, 2017, the defendant Thomas Demetrius Burns, while at 412 King St., within the city of Charleston, County of Charleston, S.C., knowingly and unlawfully with malice aforethought did kill the victim, Anthony Shane Whiddon. To wit: The defendant did shoot the victim once in the head causing his death.”


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