Update: Suspect in Yorktown security guard’s murder arrested

Posted at 5:57 AM, Nov 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-25 16:17:34-05

 YORK COUNTY, Va - The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office has arrested 26 year-old Coleston Ryan Lewis, who was wanted for fatally shooting a security guard  at the County Grill and Smokehouse.

Acting on a tip that Lewis was at a Newport News home, the Sheriff's Office coordinated with Newport News Police and he was arrested shortly after 3:05a.m. Wednesday.

York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office officials say Lewis shot and killed the armed security guard as he was being escorted from an event being held in the parking lot of the County Grill and Smokehouse in the 1200 block of George Washington Memorial Highway. The shooting happened around 2:00am on Thanksgiving Day.


Coleston Ryan Lewis, 26, arrested on charges of murder and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Lt. Dennis Ivey with the YPSO tells us that the security guard was escorting Lewis from a tent party that was being held in the parking lot when the shooting happened.

After shooting and killing the security guard, Lewis fled the area on foot.

As he was running away, another armed security guard shot at Lewis but missed.

The victim has been identified as 42-year-old Richard Irvin. Authorities say he was working as a security guard for a private company that was hired by County Grill and Smokehouse for their event.

Court records show Lewis has been charged with multiple offenses in the past, including assault and battery, assault on law enforcement, malicious bodily injury, and several weapons charges - including possession of a concealed weapon (brass knuckles), and possession of a sawed-off gun.

Lewis is now being charged with murder and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Friends of Irvin are holding a vigil in his honor at the County Grill at 7 pm on Friday night.