Chesterfield man arrested for shooting daughter, her mother in Georgia

Roy Smith
Roy Smith

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
Posted by Lara Malbon

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Roy Smith was apprehended early Tuesday morning for shooting his 16-year-old daughter and her 37-year-old mother in Valdosta, Ga.  Valdosta is located near the Florida state border.

Valdosta police said Smith's daughter, Rochelle, was shot Monday morning inside the home and her mother, Josephine Lonon, was shot outside the home. Both victims were found outside of the home when police arrived.  Mother and daughter identified Roy Smith as the shooter.

They were both sent to the hospital. Rochelle Smith has since been released.  Her mother is still in the hospital but she is expected to make a full recovery.

Valdosta police said Smith got away in a black SUV, that was not registered to him, and returned to Chesterfield after shooting his daughter and Josephine Lonon. Investigators believe an unknown woman was with him at the time of the shooting.

Roy Smith, 38, is of the 4000 block of Falconway Lane in southern Chesterfield County. Local authorities were notified that Smith was a suspect in the shooting and he may still be carrying the handgun that Valdosta police said was used in the shooting.

Authorities believed he was at a female friend's home in the 6400 block of Cosmic Way. Around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force were approaching the residence on Cosmic Way when Roy Smith came out of the home. He was arrested without incident.

"Gained consent to search the residence for any weapons and none were found," U.S. Marshal Kevin Connelly said.

Smith is currently being held in the Chesterfield County jail on two counts of aggravated assault. Tonight he's in the Chesterfield County Jail. Tomorrow a judge will decide when he will be sent back to Georgia.

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