Man arrested in fatal shooting

Published 3:36 pm Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Suffolk Police have arrested a man in connection to a North Suffolk shooting earlier this week that killed one person and injured another.

Phillip Jovan Etheridge, 23, of Suffolk, has been charged with second-degree murder, two counts of felonious assault, two counts of shooting or throwing missiles at occupied vehicle, discharging a firearm in or around a school, attempting to commit non capital offense, two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, and the use or display of a firearm in commission of felony, according to a city press release.

Etheridge is currently in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail. An arraignment hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning for Etheridge in Suffolk General District Court was continued until 10 a.m. May 31.

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The charges are in connection to the March 27 shooting that killed Tameisha Goode Rogers, 40, of Chesapeake while another man, Reginald Ashmead Thorne III, 36, of Suffolk, remains in an area hospital in stable condition, a city release stated.

Suffolk Police said the city’s 911 center received a call just after 10 p.m. Sunday for reports of an attempted armed robbery in the 6300 block of Townsend Place, near Northern Shores Elementary School.

The caller said he was in a vehicle when two people in masks walked up and displayed a firearm, causing the caller to flee, according to police. Several additional calls came in for shots fired in the same area as the attempted armed robbery.

Before officers got to Townsend Place, the victim’s vehicle was found in the 6500 block of Hampton Roads Parkway and had multiple bullet holes, according to police.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing. Suffolk Police are continuing to follow leads and ask the public if they have any information related to the incident to contact Suffolk Police or Suffolk Crime Line.

To submit online, go to www.p3tips.com, visit the Suffolk Police Department website (www.suffolkva.us/spd) and look for the Suffolk Crime Line link, or go to the Suffolk Police Department Facebook page at www.facebook.com/suffolkpolicedepartment. You can also call 888-LOCK-U-UP, 1-888-562-5887, Option 5. Once a person submits a tip, they will be given a TIP ID and password. With this information they can login at p3tips.com and submit follow-up information, engage in two-way dialogue, be informed of the outcome of the tip, and access any pertinent reward information.