CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield Police have charged a man who was found seriously injured outside of a Days Inn with the murder of his wife.
Police say 55-year-old Deric Colander Sr. was found covered in blood and unconscious in the parking lot on Thursday. His wife, 55-year-old Tina Colander, was found dead in one of the hotel rooms. Sources say Deric had been stabbed.
Shortly after police get to the motel, neighbors say police surrounded the couple's home on Warfield Estates Drive. It's about a mile away from the motel.
"It looked they had vests on and guns which isn't always normal if they're stopping by," said neighbor Brian Reed who has lived across from the Colanders for about a decade.
Reed says he knew the husband.
"Always a smile on his face, always asking how he could help if he saw you doing something always a great guy," Reed said.
NBC12 asked if he ever saw police at the house.
"Never. I never once saw any police or any kind of suspicious activity, anything that would be any type of drama," Reed replied.
Police are investigating this as a domestic-related homicide. Colander is charged with first degree murder and remains hospitalized at this time.
According to the military, Colander is a retired and decorated veteran who served for 20 years in the Army. He was last stationed at Fort Lee.
Anyone with information is asked to call Chesterfield Police at 804-748-1251.
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