Sunday, September 25, 2022

Police search for man accused of shooting, killing security guard in York County

Coleston Ryan Lewis (Courtesy YPSO)
Coleston Ryan Lewis (Courtesy YPSO)

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office is searching for a 26-year-old man who police believe shot a private security guard early Thanksgiving morning.

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for Coleston Ryan Lewis, of Newport News, in connection to the death of 42-year-old Richard Irvin, which occurred around 2 a.m. in the parking lot of the County Grill & Steakhouse, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Lt. Dennis Ivey said.

The road around the business, located in the 1200 block of George Washington Memorial Highway, was still closed from the Newport News City line to Coventry Boulevard around 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Ivey said.

Police are still searching for the suspect and more evidence at the scene, he said.

Police said Irvin was escorting Lewis away from a tent party in the parking lot of the restaurant when Lewis shot him.

Lewis fled the scene, Ivey said, and Irvin died from his injuries.

Lewis has not been found, but is charged with murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

If the public has any information as to his whereabouts, they are encouraged to call call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or the York County Facebook Tip Line 757 890-4999.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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