Second suspect in Newport News double homicide, officer-involved shooting turns himself in

Posted at 2:59 PM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 09:51:03-05

Stephen Hayes (Photo: Newport News Police Department)

Newport News, Va. – A man wanted in connection with a double homicide and officer involved shooting on January 14 turned himself in at the Newport News Police Department’s South precinct on Tuesday night.

Warrants have been filed to charge 26-year-old Stephen Lorenzo Hayes with two counts of first degree murder, three counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony and three counts of attempted robbery.

On January 14, police received a call about an accident just after 11 a.m. where a van had hit a parked vehicle near 14th Street and Wickham Avenue.

While they were on their way to the scene, the call was upgraded to a shooting.

When officers arrived, they found two men in a silver van who had been shot. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The victims were identified as 38-year-old Cadre Antwoine Grey of Norfolk and 30-year-old Quinton Antonio Kelly of Newport News.

During a press conference after the incident, Newport News Police Chief Richard Myers said the two were friends.

Laratio Lorenzo Dantzler

Shortly after police responded to the scene, a witness pointed out a possible suspect that was running away from the scene.

An officer and Sergeant found someone matching the suspect’s description on Roanoke Avenue.

Chief Myers said the man was armed and given orders to drop his weapon. Instead of complying, the man refused to surrender and ran from the officers.  Chief Myers says the man fired his gun at one point while refusing to surrender.

Both responding officers fired their weapons at the man during the encounter.

The suspect, 33-year-old Laratio Lorenzo Dantzler, was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Dantzler was released from the hospital and taken into police custody on January 18.

Dantzler has been charged with two counts of first degree murder,  two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, three counts of attempt robbery, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  He is currently in the custody of the Newport News Sheriff’s Office.