Witness describes shots fired at Accomack County Sheriff’s Deputy

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ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. -Police have arrested the people suspected of robbing a bank in Maryland and then shooting at deputies in Virginia.

It all happened on Monday, September 26. Deputies in Accomack County had been alerted by the Pocomoke Police Department in Maryland about a bank robbery that had occurred in their jurisdiction.

Pocomoke Police provided a description of a vehicle believed to be involved in the bank robbery to the Accomack County Sheriff's Office.

A deputy saw a car matching the description travelling southbound on Route 13. The deputy attempted to stop the car on Bethel Church Road, and that's when shots were fired from the suspect vehicle at the deputy.

Ted Painter was at home working in his yard on Bethel Church Road as the entire incident unfolded. At first, he thought the deputy was trying to pull the car over for speeding.

"They went by with the lights on, which again I didn't think anything about because the speed limit coming out of Bloxom is 25 miles per hour, which most people take as a suggestion and I assumed he was speeding," Painter explained.

Just moments later, Painter heard the gunfire, which he estimates was five shots, followed by another five shots.

"It just didn't really occur to me until my son-in-law walked around and asked me if I had seen the police car go by and that's when I realized something was not quite right," Painter told News 3's Todd Corillo.

The gunfire disabled the deputy's patrol vehicle and the suspects drove away.

PNC Bank, which operates the branch in Maryland that was robbed, was offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the robbery.

28-year-old De’Andre Breshon Ayres has been charged with attempting to commit capital murder, shooting from a vehicle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and shooting at an occupied vehicle.

21-year-old Demetrius Perry has been charged with attempting to commit capital murder, shooting from a vehicle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and shooting at an occupied vehicle.

23-year-old Lamond Perry has been charged with attempting to commit capital murder, shooting from a vehicle, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and shooting at an occupied vehicle.

The investigation will continue and police say additional arrests are expected.

Call the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office at 757-787-1131 if you have any information about this incident.