Suspect arrested after man dies in Portsmouth hospital after shooting

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department's Major Crimes Unit have arrested a man in connection with a Sunday night shooting in the 1300 block of Atlanta Avenue that left one person dead.

Dalen Spence

Detectives secured warrants against 21-year-old Dalen O. Spence for First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony.

Spence, who is also active duty military, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon by Navy Police and turned over to the Portsmouth Police Department. He was then booked on his outstanding warrants and turned over to the Portsmouth City Jail.

A call requesting police and medical assistance to the area for a man who was shot came in at 9:29 p.m. Sunday Officers arrived to find 23-year-old Donald Thorington of Michigan suffering from a gunshot wound to his torso.

Thorington's injuries were initially considered to be serious. Medics took him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

On October 3, Spence was indicted in Portsmouth Circuit Court on the following charges:

  • First-Degree Murder
  • Use of a Firearm

A new court date has not yet been set.

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