KC Baker
May 15, 2018 02:58 PM

A Virginia man faces a murder charge after allegedly fatally shooting his wife on the back deck of their home in the presence of a child, PEOPLE confirms.

Bernie Lee Thompson, 58, was arrested Friday night after authorities responded to a call about a shooting in the town of King and Queen Court House just after 6 p.m., the King and Queen County Sheriff’s Office announced in a Facebook post.

Upon arrival, sheriff’s deputies had a brief standoff with Thompson, who ultimately surrendered and was taken into custody, the post states.

During a search of Thompson’s home, deputies found the dead body of his wife, Jo Ann D. Thompson, 55, on the back deck with a single gunshot wound.

Thompson was transported to a local hospital for medical observation.

A child was present during the alleged shooting but was unharmed, the post says.

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The relationship between the couple and the child is unclear. After the shooting, the child was returned to parents, the post says.

Thompson has been charged with second degree murder; use, attempt to use or display in a threatening manner a firearm while committing or attempting to commit murder while being a parent, guardian, or a person responsible for the care of, a child under the age of 18 years of age; and committing a willful act or omission in the care of a child so gross and wanton as to show a reckless disregard for human life, the post says.

He is being held without bond at the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center while he awaits arraignment.

He has not yet entered a plea and it’s unclear whether he has retained an attorney.

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