Suspect Arrested in Warrenton Double Shooting



Contact: Angie Grube

Public Info. Director


March 19, 2021


Suspect Arrested in Warrenton Double Shooting

Raleigh, NC – A joint investigation between the Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has led to the arrest of a suspect wanted in connection with a double shooting that happened earlier this month where one of the victims died.


On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at approximately 9:15 p.m., the Warren County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call regarding a gunshot victim at 122 Enchanted Forest Drive in Warrenton, NC.  Upon arrival, deputies and investigators with WCSO found Kewana Diane Taylor (B/F/DOB: 02/03/1984) of Warrenton deceased from a gunshot wound.  They also located Richard E. Johnson (B/M/DOB: 09/08/1977) with multiple gunshot wounds.  Johnson was life-flighted to Duke University Hospital where he continues to recover.


On Thursday, March 18, 2021, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the joint investigation led to the arrest of Val Deshawn Wright (B/M/DOB: 05/09/1977) AKA “Slap” of Warrenton.  Wright was arrested in Henderson, NC and charged with 1st degree murder and attempted murder.  He is being held with two separate bonds at the Warren County Detention Center.  Wright is being held without bond on the 1st degree murder charge and was issued a $300,000 bond on the attempted murder charge.  His mug shot can be obtained from the Warren County Detention Center.  No additional information is available.