Man wanted for second-degree murder, arson after Virginia Beach townhouse fire, deadly shootings

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Posted at 8:41 PM, Mar 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-29 12:45:49-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A man is wanted for homicide after a deadly townhouse fire in the 5500 block of Baccalaureate Drive and a shooting in the 700 block of Linda Court last week.

The call for the townhouse fire came in around 7:30 p.m. on March 24.

News 3 sent a crew to the scene. The fire happened in a community of townhomes called Campus East, right by the campus of Virginia Wesleyan University.

Virginia Beach Animal Control also responded to the incident.

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The victim has been identified as Czavier Hill, 31, of Virginia Beach. Authorities determined Hill died from a gunshot wound.

Fire officials say one pet was also killed in the incident.

Crews with the Virginia Beach Fire Department, as well as officers with the Virginia Beach Police Department, responded to the incident.

Friday, fire officials said the VBPD has been called to assist in the investigation.

On Monday, police said its Homicide Unit is investigating the death as a homicide.

Police said on March 25, officers were called to check on the welfare of a resident in a home in the 700 block of Linda Court. Once on scene, they found Clifton Baxter, 73, dead from a gunshot wound.

Homicide detectives have obtained warrants for Cola Windborne Beale, 30, of Virginia Beach for two counts of Second-Degree Murder and one count of Arson. Additional charges may be pending.

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Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate described Beale as a "very dangerous individual."

If you know where Beale may be or have more information about this incident, you are asked to contact the Virginia Beach Police Department at 757-385-4101 or by calling Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887).

Stay with News 3 for updates.